Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly photographed in Eastern Neck National Wildlife refuge, MD

I think I nailed it! Writers are cautioned to not use the exclamation point. I’ve tried hard not to work it into wingedbeauty.com…but it sooo hard not to spring that nifty symbol of emphasis. Here I use it and take full responsibility.

You see just before I was about to end my morning at the Butterfly Garden in the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, I decided to risk it and work my way down the path to the small platform built just before the water’s edge. As I worked my way there, I startled quite a few resting butterflies, without capturing any on film. OK. The best part was that they were especially fresh. Reaching the platform I found that it was surrounded by a bush, not known to me before. The bush had sizable flowerheads on it and ………. Several Limenitis arthemis astyanax were actively nectaring there.

There was one of those Red-spotted purples that was spectacular. I’ve seen hundreds. These were very richly colored and that one was spectacular. As it worked a flowerhead, the sun overhead lit up its wings and I am telling you, the result was capital ‘I’ incredible. I thought to myself, Brazil, Costa Rica, National Butterfly Center(Texas).

Could I capture an image that exploded with those beautiful colors? I think that we captured her unique elegance. What think you?

Jeff

4 thoughts on “Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

  1. Beautiful shot of this beautiful butterfly. I have take many pictures of this one,, mostly in the North Georgia mountains at my daughter’s home and a few at my brother’s home in New Bern, NC. I have taken one or two in my flower garden,but have rarely seen it here in the Atlanta area.

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