While I was out weeding the peas this morning I saw a brilliant streak of blue shoot across my peripheral vision. It was a darting little Spring Azure butterfly and it caused me to dart into the house to grab the camera. I squatted down low as it fluttered about the raised bed and waited for it to land near me. When it did I slowly stalked in and clicked away with the camera.
When I got within a couple inches I got some really great shots since I had the macro lens on. It wasn't until I looked at them on the computer that I realized he was munching on my garden! Michelle tells me that butterflies will lick up minerals from soil, and that makes sense as he focused on the bed I had put Ironite down on several weeks before to increase the mineral densities of the bed.
Much to my surprise he actually crawled towards me. He got so close I had to back up to reach the cameras minimum focal distance.
Shortly after he tired of the paparazzi attention and fluttered away to destinations unknown.
Note: Corrected identification from Holly Blue to Spring Azure