This little fellow quite enjoyed my lilac tree earlier this week. He (or she) is a common angle wing butterfly, possibly an eastern comma or gray comma butterfly. Markings for both make it difficult to identify without seeing it with its wings closed. This butterfly is gray and brown when its wings are closed, but brightly coloured when opened. This guy has had a close brush with a predator – note the ragged back wings.
Just living is not enough’, said the butterfly, ‘one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.’ Hans Christian Anderson