07/27/2021-Common Wood-nymph

This was a fun pursuit. I visited an area in town called Brickyard.  It’s a fairly large meadow which is broken up in a few spots by trees and a small river.  As I walked a path around the meadow a butterfly zipped past and landed in the grasses about ten feet from me.  I couldn’t see exactly where so accepted that I couldn’t photograph it.  But a few minutes later I saw another and this time was able to pursue it into the tall dewy grasses. I got soaked but it was worth it.

Common Wood-nymph-Cercyonis pegala

Last year I purchased a Canon 2.0 Mark II teleconverter from a bird photographer who was switching systems.  Perfect condition for a good price.  I now mount it on my 180 macro which gives me great range for shooting butterflies, and other insects, from a non-threatening distance. Money well spent.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 07/27/2021-Common Wood-nymph

  1. I like how richly you caught the tonality of the butterfly.

    I’ve tried using my 100–400mm lens for butterfly pictures but have gotten better results with my 100mm macro lens despite the greater chances I’ll scare a butterfly off by getting physically closer.

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    • The 100 is short for butterflies but you can be successful with patience and a slow approach as i am sure you have found to be the case. Yesterday’s monarch with with the 100 and twin flash. When I purchased the 2.0 TC it was with the thought of using it on the 100 but they don’t match, mount wise, so it goes on the 180 which works great. Thanks.


  2. Very nice Steve! Nice you got a 2x teleconverter! They come in handy!

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  3. What a great way to get a beautiful shot from a distance.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a wonderful texture. I’ve also seen a couple around here this past week. Not as ‘common’ as they used to be.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    This is one I didn’t know. Of course, we’re a little short on woods, so being short on wood nymphs makes sense. I read on BAMONA that their range is “Southern Canada and the continental United States except for most of the Southwest and Texas, southern peninsular Florida, and northern Maine.” The texture of the wings seems unusual to me; the crinkly effect is lovely.

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    • The patterning of the wings, beside the eyes, is very attractive. Of course the eyes do add a lot of interest. If you do see one, it may be the close relative…Uncommon Wood-nymph.


  6. Todd Henson says:

    I had a similar experience this past weekend. A couple parks we visited had locations with lots of flowers that attracted lots of butterflies. Like you I had my macro lens and a 2x trying to get some decent shots. Mine was only a 105mm. I like the extra reach of your 180mm, especially for these sorts of subjects. I still need to look through my photos and see if I managed to get anything in focus. You certainly did with this one.

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  7. blhphotoblog says:

    Excellent capture, worth getting damp!

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    Great image – love the detail of the eye, which is not something you’d normally be able to see. The teleconverter was obviously a good investment!


    • I am happiest with my photographs of anything with a pulse when there is a good look at the eye or eyes. Thanks, Ann! I am very happy with the T.C. At first when it wouldn’t link with the 100 macro I was disappointed as I had hoped to use it in the yard when I hand hold and use the flash. But it has proved a boon with the 180.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Those are really gorgeous butterflies…I haven’t seen one in so long – they’re probably not around here. The softness here really appeals to me, as do the colors – just beautiful!

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    • According to this map they can be found in your neighborhood.
      Thanks. It is a beauty of a butterfly. I’ve been seeing some every visit to the meadow I’ve been frequently lately.


      • bluebrightly says:

        I guess they should be, but on that map and on inaturalist there are no sightings on the islands at all, and none in the county except way over on the other side of the Cascades. I think they just don’t like it here. 😉 Thanks for looking!

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