08.09.2021 Monday Morning Meadow Marvel Mimic Macro

If you can add more ‘m’s go right ahead.

Bet you think this is a Monarch, unless of course you know it isn’t.  It is a Monarch look-a-similar, the Viceroy-Limenitis archippus.  I was hoping to photograph grasshoppers or craneflies or moths or some other insect when I spotted this as a dark shape under a leaf. Whooppee!  In the early morning it was cool enough that this butterfly was cooperative whether it wished to be or not.  Made my work a little easier.

My first images were from the other side but were not catching any light.  Fortunately I was able to circle around and get some better exposures. I couldn’t get low enough to avoid the leaf though. I moved perpendicular and waited for the wings to unfold.  After 30 minutes I decided to look elsewhere and did find a couple of other subjects (including a nice Green Lacewing) thinking I’d go back and hopefully it had warmed up enough for some spread. When I did return it was still in this position when it suddenly opened its wings and took off. Bummer. But after a while as I was walking around in the meadow I  spotted it atop another plant and was able to get high enough to get nice and parallel for this dorsal view.

A few of my other frames hid those brown bits but the wings were soft at the edges so this is the one. Although they are fairly common this was my first.

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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22 Responses to 08.09.2021 Monday Morning Meadow Marvel Mimic Macro

  1. Monday Morning Meadow Marvel Mimic Macro Might Make Many Memories Mean Much More.

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  2. Marvelous & Magnificent! Memorable Steve!

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    They’re certainly good enough for me. 😉 I was thinking the biggest giveaway is the arcing dark bands on the hindwings so I checked some Monarch pictures to be sure – and that’s it. It’s nice to know your visual memory is still decent. How cool that you could see both of them this season.

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  4. Mike Powell says:

    Nice shots, Steve. I tend to see Viceroys more often than Monarchs–I am still waiting to see my first Monarch this summer.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I knew enough to know it might not be a Monarch, but not enough to know for certain whether it was or wasn’t. Each time I see a bit of orange flitting through the air at a distance I immediately wonder if it’s a Monarch or “that-butterfly-that-looks-similar-to-a-Monarch-but-I-can-never-remember-the-name-of.” So I’m glad you mentioned the name of it. It is interesting, though, when looking at the patterns of the open wings it looks less like a Monarch to me than when the wings are closed. Not sure if I’m just being crazy with that, though. 🙂

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  6. picpholio says:

    Awesome butterflies of a kind that we don’t have here in Belgium. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Patience paid off – they’re beautiful! 🙂

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  8. tomwhelan says:

    MMM, I love viceroys, the first image is particularly beautiful, lovely specimen.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice shots, Steve. I’ve never been able to study one close up, of note are the little ‘V’s under the hind wing (helpful to remember Viceroy) and from top a smiley cat’s face. 🙂

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