08.08.2022 Macro Monday-Butterfly Fun

Well, limited fun.  Just the two.  I am seeing a few more visit the yard but most are on their way to an important meeting so don’t stop for more than a second in any one place. I’ve seen a small fritillary of some kind but it never settles down long enough to even ID it much less get a shot.

I had seen this Summer Azure-Celastrina neglecta along the driveway but it didn’t stop for a shot.  Fortunately it (assuming it’s the same individual) did stay put for a moment or two on the Boneset.  If you look closely you should be able to see the proboscis.  I had to dodge it a bit so it could be seen.

Just after that I saw this Peck’s Skipper-Polites peckius on some Miscanthus blades.

A sad story…the day before I had seen three of this skipper lined up on one of the Miscanthus blades but they all took off when I raised my camera. What a nice shot that would have been.  But seeing them was enjoyable and the experience is every bit as important as a photograph. Of course a photograph proves I didn’t make the story up.  🙂

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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23 Responses to 08.08.2022 Macro Monday-Butterfly Fun

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice captures, Steve. Following butterflies takes great patience and endurance, not to mention exercise!

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  2. Very nice Steve! It is fun to photograph Butterflies!

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  3. Tina says:

    Beautiful photos! I’ll echo what Eliza says: patience, but also a certain amount of flexibility while getting that perfect shot!

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Well, I would say one butterfly/moth is better than none.

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  5. For you it’s butterflies rather than fish that lead to laments about the ones that got away.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Nice, even if they’re running off to meetings, at least you catch a glimpse and grab a few photos.

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  7. You show us that moths can be just as beautiful as butterflies! Some might think they are just good at putting holes in sweaters.

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    • I do try to let the moths compete with their own beauty. Of course these are butterflies so one of these days I need to share more moths. It’s a shame that one bad actor, wool eating moth larvae or yellow jackets, etc give all the rest bad names and, of course, it’s sad that the majority of people couldn’t care less about insects.

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      • Then there is gypsy moths too. We had them in South Jersey. Must be too cold for them here.

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      • Yeah, “some” bad actors. For sure there are some moths that are devastating our lands but they are all introduced, for the most part. Natives seem to have some genetic sense of preserving their food. We appear to be in a Gypsy Moth lull right now after a few years of defoliation. Spotted Lantern flies are the current concern.

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  8. Fabulous details, great work, Steve!

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  9. Gallivanta says:

    Polites is ( I think) the Greek word for citizen. Citizen Peckius has the appearance of an industrious and busy citizen of the natural world.

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  10. Wally Jones says:

    It’s good to know a few butterflies read about your plight and decided to pay a visit.

    Both species are not so easy to photograph well.

    Even if one manages to capture an image of a skipper, more challenge awaits in trying to identify it!

    Three on one blade! I can envision it, so no photo needed. (Sure would have been nice ……)

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    • A few more flitted through the yard yesterday so my reasons for complaining are dwindling. We have a few butterfly bushes but the lack of rain is causing the flowers to dry fast so that is a disadvantage. Yeah, those missed opportunities. Maybe I’ll get another chance if I keep looking but I doubt it. Thank you, Sir!

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