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Old May 20, 2012, 8:37 PM   #1
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My wife gets most of the credit for this series, she spotted the cocoon and the emerging butterfly a week later. My process on most of these pics felt rushed, I realized after the fact that I wasn't patient enough to get the right settings, and angles, also should have grabbed the tripod. I think it's mostly just on surprise opportunity shots where I run and grab the camera and feel like I'm gonna miss the shot if I don't hurry. Maybe I need to have surprise camera drills with timed shots to hone my state of mind
1. Wish now that I would have taped a black piece of paper on the wall so I could have really get a good shot of it's details
2. just a week after she spotted the cocoon my wife saw this guy emerging (you can just make out what I thought was 2 proboscis', but after researching it their proboscis is actually made up of 2 interlocking 'half-tubes' that they interlock to form the tube to suck nectar, they can unlock it and seperate it to clear clogs! never heard of that before)
3. Pretty much the only pose he gave me, but in this one you can see his pretty colors. I gave up before he dried out enough to open up his wings all the way and he'd flown off about an hour later.
4. this is a different Mourning Cloak (nymphalis antiopa) that was very cooperative
5. this was the cocoon butterfly's hairy eye (I hate it when I get 1 eyelash in my eye!)
(Thanks to Saly for her bad-ass NatGeo quality Mantis Hatching post that motivated me to post this)
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Old May 21, 2012, 7:31 AM   #2
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Great series, enjoyed.

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Old May 22, 2012, 5:31 AM   #3
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Hasty or not, the series is very revealing.
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Awesome is all I can say.
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