Frontyard Butterflies

They’re small.  Flitty.  Skittish.  Other than that, they make fine photographic subjects.

For about a week, we had mid-day swarms of butterflies on our in-full-bloom hydrangea in our south-facing front yard.  From a few hundred shots, I got some photos that I’m proud of.  

I have to admit that I did not know that butterflies had such a long, coiled-up proboscis (here, shown in full extension).

 

Close-up of orange and black butterfly, showing antennae and proboscis

Close-up of orange and black butterfly, showing antennae and proboscis

Close-up of orange and black butterfly, showing antennae and proboscis

 

 

 

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4 Comments

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – LOL. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them. I’ll remember that the next time I’m discarding reams of digital files, and muttering. After all, if I could write one memorable poem by writing 100, I’d likely think that a good trade, or a good investment of my time. On another note, I’m interested to see how much my appreciation of these creatures (and even spiders, which make me shudder) grows, just in the act of the extended watching necessary to take even often-bad photos.

  1. Jim Robertson

    Nice painted lady Isabel (Or I think that is what it is – I heard there were lots of them around.

    The proboscis does a neat coiling up doesn’t it?

    Very nice images !

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