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A glorious Passion Flower and a brilliant stained-glass butterfly... a Gulf Fritillary

Explore Aug 6, 2009 #89

 

As I told you, there were butterflies on the Passion Vine as I was taking pictures. Lots of butterflies. This one seemed to hear my silent request... "Please land somewhere for a while so I can take your picture!" Because just as that thought completely filled my mind, this brilliant creature landed and sat there endlessly flapping her wings... as I took picture after picture!

 

I didn't know her ID right off the bat. I'm new at the insect game... only since I started shooting Macro a couple of months ago and found insects on almost every flower I focused on. At first I thought this beauty was a Monarch, but when I got home and did some research, I uncovered her true identity. She is a Gulf Fritillary. A Monarch's legs are spotted black and white. Hers are amber-colored. The wing patterns are different too.

 

I am so grateful that she sat still for me. I love the way the sun illuminates her stained-glass wings. And the profound delicacy of her long willowy butterfly legs. What an amazing double-treat... this brilliant butterfly perched on this amazing symbol of passion!

 

Oh by the way, I changed lenses for this one. Telephoto vs Macro.

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