Archive for September 8th, 2012

Painted Lady Butterflies

Painted Lady butterflies seem to be spreading northward, along with the Giant Swallowtails, and three visited the Butterfly Bush at the front window:

Painted Lady - dorsal

Painted Lady – dorsal

The underwing shows four eye spots as distinguishing features:

Painted Lady - underwing

Painted Lady – underwing

Painted Ladies have odd-looking “faces” on their front end:

Painted Lady - front

Painted Lady – front

The proboscis works wonderfully well on deeper flowers than these, but they’re not passing anything up:

Painted Lady - proboscis

Painted Lady – proboscis

Another view:

Painted Lady - right side

Painted Lady – right side

The refueling tube stows neatly for flight:

Painted Lady - proboscis curled

Painted Lady – proboscis curled

One had a few notches taken from a wing:

Painted Lady - left rear

Painted Lady – left rear

You can’t ask for prettier colors:

Painted Lady - right front

Painted Lady – right front

These are all hand-held with the DSC-H5 wearing the 1.7 teleadapter, underexposed by 1 stop to keep the dark background from burning out the butterfly colors. The images are very close to dot-for-dot crops from much larger pictures, with a touch of unsharp mask, and no color fiddling at all; bright daylight and a gorgeous subject come out beautifully!

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