|I wonder if there are butterflies in the Golf Course Park next to the Bay.|
|Butterflies stay near water, so it is worth a look.|
|The eucalyptus grove offers shelter and flowers with nectar.|
|Two butterflies on the meadow.|
|Next to the thumb is a black dot on the wing: this indicates a male. Some males mate with other males. This might be an innocent mistake because their eyes cannot see that black dot.|
|It seems that the male is located below the female, and they are facing opposite directions.|
|Perhaps they have invented a new way to mate.|
|Perhaps they have been in the Bay Area too long
(from October through January).
Next week, if the female's eggs are fertilized, she will migrate to a better climate near Santa Barbara,
find some milkweed, lays some eggs, and die well before the caterpillars hatch. ("cater-pillar" is Latin for "cat that is hairy").
The early Dutch name for butterfly probably refers to the color of its excrement: boterschijte means "butter shit".