For those who're wondering why I didn't put up my Photo Hunt entry only now rather than earlier today: I goofed by preparing an entry for next week's theme and only realized that this week's theme was two rather than wet/rain after I had finished writing up what will appear on this blog next Saturday! In any event, for my regular Photo Hunt visitors, I hope that this entry will be one you'll consider worth waiting a few extra hours for.
At the very least, I hope you won't be offended by the two photos I've chosen for this entry -- which, incidentally, was written while listening to The Butterfly Lovers music ;) -- both of which show butterflies literally coupling! And for the record: this sight is one I have become pretty familiar with over the course of hiking in Hong Kong -- not having just seen this happen one or two but, in fact, multiple times!!
The first time I witnessed such an occurrence, I was out on a hike with my mother. And as I previously recounted, the two butterflies spotted in the act were so still that I wondered if they were dead and it was my dear mother who had to tell me it was not so -- and also tell me what the critters were actually doing!
In the years since, I've also been witness to other insects (including grasshoppers and stink bugs) doing "it"; with the most memorable sights coming courtesy of dragonflies who really do assume the most... interesting positions (see here and here)! However, I will always have a soft spot for the butterflies because, whatever they may be doing, it's hard to lose sight of it being so that they really are very colorful and beautiful creatures indeed!! :b