Guardian of the Garden

This Gulf Fritillary has seemingly appointed himself guardian of the garden and regards it as his personal domain.

I mean really, doesn’t he look like he’s striking a rather possessive pose?

Well, all was well and good until the first Monarch of the season showed up.

The Fritillary (cue the Jaws music!) began swooping up from under the Monarch to try and knock him off the blossom.

And when at first he didn’t succeed…well, you know the old adage, he tried, tried again!

The Monarch was more determined than intimidated and held his ground, so I’d  declare him the undisputed winner of the flower fight.

I have to say, I’d never seen this happen before. Butterfly battles are much more intense than you would imagine – if any more happen, I’ll keep you posted! 😉


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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3 Responses to Guardian of the Garden

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    Wonderful wildlife observation, Kathy! I’ve read that butterflies can be territorially possessive, even with other species, but have never seen it myself.

  2. susurrus says:

    I once saw a Monarch battle with a humming bird over flowers on a vine, with the butterfly holding its ground.

  3. Oh my, butterfly battles, I had no idea! Great sighting and action series, very cool!

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