Final roosting place?

Anne was watering or pulling weeds or both last evening when she called me out to see a pair of gulf fritillary butterflies that had settled down on a patch of past-their-prime purple coneflowers.

Wingspan

Speaking of past their prime, one of the fritillaries sported wings bearing such extreme damage that I couldn’t help but wonder whether this faded bloom might prove to be his final resting place. (Or roosting place, I suppose you could say.)

Extreme tatter

He and his more freshly-winged companion (pictured below) did indeed overnight in these positions. This morning as I drink my coffee and nibble on a muffin I see that the intact butterfly has recently moved on, while his elder remains in place. Perhaps nevermore to roam.

Fresh fritillary

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