Looks Can Be Deceiving

What could this be resting on the surface of this Coneflower?


Is it an exotic fish that you would find at the aquarium?  Or an extra from Finding Nemo?

Is it some sort of painted tribal mask?

Here is a cropped close up.


Actually, this is the tail-end of a Gray Hairstreak…a butterfly I may have seen before, but have never truly noticed.

Its hind section is designed to look like a head with thin tails that resemble antennae and orange spots that serve as counterfeit eyes.  And seriously, doesn’t it look like it has eyelashes in the photo above?


Thankfully for this cool creature, looks can be deceiving.  Predators often attack its bottom end, robbing it of a bit of its beauty but leaving its brains safe and sound!



He only stuck around for a second or two, but I was thrilled with the brief encounter.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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21 Responses to Looks Can Be Deceiving

  1. Jodi says:

    what a great close up! Kathy – what lens do you use to capture these amazing shots?!

  2. Terrific detail and informative post!

  3. avian101 says:

    Great captures Kathy! Quite interesting butterfly! 🙂

  4. Snehal Kank says:

    Great captures Kathy! Aweome!

  5. Seriously, how do you do it? What a gorgeous creature. ❤

  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Terrific predator avoidance strategy, and so brilliantly captured, Kathy!

  7. jmnowak says:

    Scary! And weird…nature is wonderful, isn’t it!

  8. naturlvrx2 says:

    Amazing capture, what an awesome little creature. Continually amazed by God’s creation.

  9. Sue says:

    That is quite an unusual view–beautifully in focus!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! What amazing butterflies God has created!! ❤️🌈 It does look like it has eyelashes! I have never seen this butterfly before – thanks so much for sharing it, Kathy! 😍

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