American Painted Lady Butterfly

American painted lady butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Try getting a macro photograph of an American Painted Lady butterfly taking minerals on a trail! 9 of 10 times it’s gone before you set up…then after 3 exposures…it’s gone.

We always try to get several dozen images of a fresh, beautiful individual, so that we can hope to score a very fine image. This American painted lady cooperated on all scores.

On our screensaver, the large blue dots are gem-like. It’s wings express startling patterns that rival the creations of the finest jewelry houses.

Why do males predominate when we find similar species taking minerals on trails?