Butterflies, Moths and other 'Flying Flowers' deserve a page of their own. They have a presence all their own that other 'bugs' just can't compete with. I hope you will enjoy viewing these beautiful creatures as much as Richard and I enjoy following them around for a good shot.
This little guy may not be the most beautiful butterfly, but he/she is definitely unusual....and very aptly named. This is the Common SNOUT Butterfly.
Richard and I took turns snapping dozens of shots of this Monarch. He would sit for long periods and 'pose', but he would only flick his wings open for a split second....very hard to catch him displaying. This is one of Richard's shots.
Richard finally relinquished the S3 back to me and I stuck it out until I got this almost extended shot. We needed it to be able to distinquish this guy from the very similar Viceroy.
This photo of a Tiger Swallowtail is one of my favorite wallpapers.
This is the same Swallowtail, settled for a few seconds in a shady spot that changed it's color through the S3's lens. I was amazed that the camera actually focused on the butterfly instead of the Clematis pods in front of it. Great effect, but the camera gets all the credit.
No, this isn't a butterfly, but it qualifies to be on this page because it IS a moth. The little Humingbird Moths that frequent our flowers seem to have no fear of us, and we can snap pictures up close and personal. You can actually get close enough to feel the wind from their wings.
Cute story: A dear friend was spending a few days with us one summer when she came into the house saying there was a 'tiny baby hummingbird' on the flowers and was so excited to have seen it. I assured her that it was really a moth and not a baby bird, but just as cute.
These pictures were all taken with a Canon Powershot S3 IS, and are the property of the photographers. Please do not use these photos without permission.
Different Tiger Swallowtail, different view. The previous butterfly was a bit tattered, and I had to choose shots that showed it's "good" side. This one is ALMOST perfect. Butterflies are so delicate that a well-placed raindrop can tear off part of a wing, and it's difficult to find a perfect specimen. There are two small tears on this one, but it's still the best one I've been able to photograph so far.
This little Grey Hairstreak is an interesting subject. When it's at rest or feeding it seldom, if ever, opens it's wings for an inside view. I observed this one quite a while, and it rubs it's 'hind' wings back and forth as it feeds. You can't see them well in this picture, but it has long, hair-like appendages on the lower wings that flutter as it moves.