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    Backyard Butterflies

    Over the past few weeks, I've been able to see quite a variety of butterflies in my yard. Here are some examples of a few of them.

    Red-Spotted Purple
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    Variegated Fritillary
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    Re-Spotted Purple
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    Variegated Fritillary
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    Buckeye
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    Buckeye
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    Question Mark (yes, that is the name of the butterfly)
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    Monarch in flight
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    Newly emerged Buckeye
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    Thank you for viewing!
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    Re: Backyard Butterflies

    Man alive, Frankie! How do you get so many varieties of butterflys to visit you! Amazing!

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    All are good captures. The second one is the most striking to me. Perhaps a slightly tighter crop would improve? Hard to say without seeing it. All of them have good exposure and sharpness. Thanks for posting!

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    Good shots all of them.

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    Re: Backyard Butterflies

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    Man alive, Frankie! How do you get so many varieties of butterflys to visit you! Amazing!
    Frank, I wish I knew! And this isn't all the different kinds - just haven't gotten good photos of all of them. Some friends say I have gift when it comes to butterflies. I don't know. But I'm not knocking it... i plan on enjoying for as long as I can :-)

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    Thank you Brian and Bobo!

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    Can you ID this guy...I can't find him in any of my guides?

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    Can you ID this guy...I can't find him in any of my guides?

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    Chris, you are so lucky. That is my one of my favorites. It's a White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae). This one is old and tattered, which may be why you can't ID it. We have these in the pavilion. Here is a photo of one that is not tattered and faded.

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    Really nice set of butterflies, Frankie!!

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    A lovely sequence of shots beautifully captured Frankie, how lucky you are to have such a variety of visitors!

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    Amazing series Frankie, you clearly do have a knack, when I take pictures of butterflies at the same settings, mine are soft and lacking DoF.

    Is "butterflies" correct plural? Or should it be "butterflys"?

    Thanks for showing us these,

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    Really nice set. I see you are definitely enjoying your move to the country from all your recent posts. Great work.

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    Nice stuff Frankie!

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    Found this guy this morning...he came in for a quick drink and wasgone almost as fast as he came...the flower is a Mexican Heather and the bees and butterflies seem to like them. I suppose because of the deep throat which I guess holds more nectar. My book says he is a skipper.

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    100mm Tokina Macro set on "Limited" - Semi Macro.

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    One More in the Heather...just a plain old bee.

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    And, One More...this one was rescued from the pool by Nina. He was quite exhausted by the time she pulled him out and stayed on her finger (later a flower bud) for a long enough time to pose (unknowingly) for me.

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    Re: Backyard Butterflies

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    Found this guy this morning...he came in for a quick drink and wasgone almost as fast as he came...the flower is a Mexican Heather and the bees and butterflies seem to like them. I suppose because of the deep throat which I guess holds more nectar. My book says he is a skipper.

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    100mm Tokina Macro set on "Limited" - Semi Macro.
    Yep - it's a Long Tailed Skipper.
    And I don't do bees ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Amazing series Frankie, you clearly do have a knack, when I take pictures of butterflies at the same settings, mine are soft and lacking DoF.

    Is "butterflies" correct plural? Or should it be "butterflys"?

    Thanks for showing us these,
    Thank you Dave! Means a lot coming from you!
    Here in the states, butterflies is the correct plural. Not sure about the Queen's English though. :-)

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    Re: Backyard Butterflies

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie View Post
    Chris, you are so lucky. That is my one of my favorites. It's a White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae). This one is old and tattered, which may be why you can't ID it. We have these in the pavilion. Here is a photo of one that is not tattered and faded.

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    Side by side without other explanation, and I would never have thought they were the same butterfly. I did see that one in the book, but never gave it a second glance. Thanks bunches.

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    Re: Backyard Butterflies

    Hi Frankie,

    Here's my latest and most successful (by far), I hadn't PP'd until tonight;

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    Nikon D5000 + Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR2: 105mm, 1/180s, f/16, iso1600 (196-40340)
    F11 and click image to see at 1,506px 1000px

    It was quite docile and let me get this close (the view is uncropped)

    My rudimentary books failed me, possibly a "small white", it wasn't that big.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Backyard Butterflies

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    Side by side without other explanation, and I would never have thought they were the same butterfly. I did see that one in the book, but never gave it a second glance. Thanks bunches.
    Happy to help! And they really are one of my favorites, even though I've never seen one in the wild.

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