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    Lots of members post excellent photos of birds. I am a little surprised that very few people post butterflies which can be just as beautiful and varied. I was out at this last weekend and caught the attached. Quite tricky as they keep flapping their wings at just the 1,000th of a second when you press the shutter but easier than birds on the wing. I only had a few minutes to spare and fired off 17 frames expecting quite a high casualty rate. As it happens the very last is probably the best. E-30, Sigma 70-200 which is a semi-macro allowing me to stay back a bit and not frighten these critters, F5.6 to blur the background, manual focus, auto everything else, full frame, no post-processing.

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    My interest was as much in the buddleia which was in the middle of a forest where it has no right to be but has spread due to imported road stone. Buddleias are a non native pest species for us here in Scotland though the butterflies love them.

    You are welcome to add your butterflies to this thread.

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    Very Nice.. I try for butterflies, but haven't seen too many this year, except swallowtails.. and not a single monarch.. I'm thinking they may have not made it back up from the south this year... sometimes I think they are harder to shoot than birds, at least in good poses
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    That is really awesome! I have not seen any ether. I am planning a trip to Pismo beach in November. Its a 3 hr drive for me so not far. Also its a major migration for the Monarch butterfly in California. Hers a Link if your interested. Monarch Butterflies of Pismo Beach, California
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    I used to shoot a lot of butterflies. I probably have more of those than anything else, besides hummingbirds. When I was in norther Florida I counted and shot 14 different butterflies in my back yard (all with the E-1). I have also seen more Swallowtails flying around.

    Nice shot. Reminds me of a large moth with his fat body. Most butterflies have a different pattern on the outside of the wing than the inside. Pretty cool.

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