A butterfly is the one insect that nobody wants to swat. I've learned recently that butterfly populations are diminishing. And, one of the reasons it's happening is because people keep their yards so manicured that butterflies can't find the weeds that they love to lay their eggs on. This sounds like a good excuse to use for not mowing the lawn!
Thanks to my friend Lisa for letting me paint her gorgeous photograph. This little butterfly was enjoying himself on a flower in the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.