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Old Jul 3, 2007, 10:58 PM   #1
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Most of the butterflies I typically see are the cabbage white butterflies... this guy is a tad larger, and more of a yellow-green color. I spent about 7 minutes with him, what with the stalking, sitting, creeping, and shooting. I was finally able to sit about 4 feet away from him, slowly lean over with my camera and take a bunch of photos. I can't identify him, though (after searching for over half an hour on line) - can anyone here?

While you're at it, any suggestions for a good crop? Should I get in tight, or show his surroundings to give some context? This photo is the full frame, just resized for posting. Thanks!


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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:26 PM   #2
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Another angle...


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More research... seems to be either a Clouded Sulphur or an Orange Sulphur.
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Well, it is a Sulphur, and your pictures are quite good, but there are quitea few species. The two you mention have dark bands on the upper surface of the hind margins of the wings, that should show through somewhat on the lower surface. Ifanyone really want to identify butterflies, I suggest a visit tothe local bookstore for a field guide. The Peterson field guides are excellent - there are two for butterflies, one for the Eastern ones and one for the Western ones. I only have the Western one, so I wouldn't try to identify yours beyond confirming the group to which it belongs; the latest edition isparticularly good, because in addition to being comprehensive,it hasrange maps that help you to eliminate many similar looking species.
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