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Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele, On Milkweed | by cyberastrofolkie
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Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele, On Milkweed

I was attempting to get a clear image of a visiting Monarch on the Milkweed flowers when this Great Spangled Fritillary appeared and started frantically flying with the Monarch until breaking away and landing on this Milkweed plant, allowing me to get this image. This butterfly was imaged alongside the driveway in rural upstate Columbia County, New York, USA. For this less than 1:2 close-up image, I used my manual focus Tamron Adaptall-2 Model 52A SP 70-210mm f3.5-4 CF Tele Macro Lens with attached Tamron Adaptall-2 Pentax KA Mount on Pentax K20D Camera, hand held, manually focused, Shake Reduction set to 200mm, ISO 400, f22, 1/90 sec, with available ambient light. This is a full resolution Large JPEG and is Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) without any post-production, editing, adjustment, cropping, or re-sizing.

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Taken on July 5, 2012