Butterfly Eggs

Check it out!

Check it out!

 

As I was taking photos of the flowers and foliage of these wild sunflower plants (Helianthus simulans), I noticed this cluster of eggs on the underside of one of the upper leaves.

 

Butterfly eggs on underside of leaf

Butterfly eggs on underside of leaf

 

While I cannot positively identify these eggs as butterfly eggs, or identify them to a species, their shape and location gives every indication that they should be butterfly eggs.

 

Wild sunflower

Wild sunflower

 

Even in an enlarged view, these eggs are tiny, but nonetheless very interesting.

 

Butterfly eggs – enlarged view

Butterfly eggs – enlarged view

 

I assume that the row-like pattern of placement is distinctive for the species that laid the eggs.  I further presume that the placement of the eggs on the underside of the leaf was also a deliberate choice.

For the future caterpillars and butterflies it is probably a good thing that a curious photographer, rather than a hungry chickadee, found these eggs.

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