After the bloom is off the Night Blooming Cereus flowers, the seed pod emerges in the stem below. The photos are from different plants; the night blooming cereus are a bit delicate and subject to catastrophe, some of the plants depicted are no longer alive. Even the generally helpful and welcomed extended monsoon rains played a role, since NBC’s are prone to root rot. Several healthy specimens in high parts of drainage areas, in normal seasons a perfect placement, have been overwhelmed.
Butterflies usually avoid direct approach in my experience. They like to fly past at a good clip, or dart around the periphery of human reach, but they don’t like to be still when a large animal approaches. I wonder if they don’t accelerate well with all that windage, so survival odds are best if already moving. This one was too cold to fly this morning.Butterfly Waking ©Carl Krall