This is a pictorial story of a ragged male's attempt to procreate his genes on a seemingly-willing female ... California Patch (Chlosyne californica) which, unfortunately for the decrepit male, ends in rejection.
(All photographs taken on a Nikon D810 and a Nikkkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens, severely-cropped, shot at IS 320, f/8--except the last shot, which was shot at f/16.)
(All shots taken, in-situ, at Joshua Tree Natural Park, in 84° weather at approximately 4:00pm. No part of this sequence was staged or manipulated in any way.)



The female presents herself to the world



Really strutting her stuff



It doesn't take a dirty old man long to notice



He can't get enough ...



She is showing him all the good signs



He is ready to take her ...



Here I am baby, me and all my battle-scars



Wait a minute, honey, what happened? It gets bigger, I promise



Alone again ... there is not much more of me left

Hope you enjoyed!

Jack