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    • Blue Morpho Morpho peleides (Costa Rica)

      The outside of the wings has an interesting pattern, but the inside of the wings is striking blue color. I couldn't capture the shot of it with wings open.

    • Another angle of a Great Eggfly butterfly. Love the shallow depth of field and clarity of the wings.

    • Thanks so much for starting this thread @Vilen!

      I love butterflies! Unfortunately I have not had a great success rate at capturing them (with my camera) in outdoor places. I've seen butterflies flitting through the garden recently but they are not stopping to pose for me. Luckily there is a butterfly conservatory in central MA, just under a two-hour drive for me. I haven't visited there yet this year but it's on my list for a visit.

      Here are a couple of favorites of butterflies from last year.

      A Cairns birdwing butterfly:

      A Malachite butterfly:

      A Kallima inachus, also known as a dead leaf butterfly:

    • I could not get this green one to model correctly for me...so, it ended up just being a snap...but, this sorta looks like a "moth" vs. a butterfly...and, I have no idea the difference. Ford vs. Chevy? lol

    • Here's a butterfly perched on a zinnia in a local garden (from last summer). I believe this is a Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus).

    • A monarch butterfly is happily feasting on a flower in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH. This one is also from the summer of 2018.

    • In America, it seems monarch could be considered average due to their volume of proliferation, but, still a very pretty butterfly.

    • I've been busy lately, and the butterflies really haven't returned here in my garden yet - but I do have some frames from years past.

      I have really noticed a decrease in the number of butterfies we get here in west central Indiana - a decade ago we would have dozens of butterflies in our garden almost every day, with lots of monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and tons of sulphers. Now we tend to see them singly or in occaisional pairs. We do not use any insecticides in our yards and never have, so I am not sure why the apparent decline, but it is real.

      I love butterfles, and I think many of them live very hard, short lives like this Tiger Swallowtail from August 2016

      Monarchs used to be quite common, but have become rather rare in our yard the last few years or so

      I can still count on painted ladies showing up every summer

      And occaisionally, a frittilary will grace our garden or our unencouraged thistles

      Butterflies are tiny bundles of beauty that show up every summer hopefully,

    • Anise swallowtail butterfly in the wild, taken on a trail around Lake Tahoe, California.