Butterflies and us, how we can interact for superior photographs

A viceroy butterfly rests on grass with water in the background.
A viceroy in the sun.

With the coming of spring, color bursts forth as the greyscale of winter subsides. Soon, the butterflies, the most beautiful of all insects, will return to brighten our world. They do not bite, but rather fly around and alight, seemingly to delight us. Of course, their more important purpose is to act as pollinators. But that does not mean we should not enjoy and photograph them.