While walking through the south garden after this evening's downpour, I saw two butterflies that looked as if they were searching for places to roost.
The first butterfly, a Gulf Fritillary, fluttered around the Wendy's Wish Salvia. Eventually, it landed on one specific spot. Perhaps it spent the night there. I don't know for sure because while watching the Fritillary, I was distracted by another winged beauty that flew by.
Although the Southern White stayed on the rain lily for a while, it kept readjusting its position. Eventually, it moved on, touching down on several leaves before settling at last on an ice plant leaf.
Like all butterflies, Gulf Fritillaries and Great White Southerns fly during daytime and rest at night. For roosts, they seek out perches on the underside of leaves, between blades of grass or in the narrow spaces between rocks.
Although I don't often think about where butterflies sleep or where they go during inclement weather, I appreciated the reminder of our interconnection with nature. People are not alone in seeking out secure shelters. Even butterflies need a safe place to rest.