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Old Sep 23, 2007, 6:40 PM   #1
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There are three similar Lady butterflies - The Painted Lady, American Lady, and West Coast Lady. The Painted Lady is the largest of the three small butterflies; it is probably the best known because of its sometimes stupendous migrations. Acouple of weeks ago we had a visit from a West Coast Lady, the smallest and most local of the three, too high in the butterfly bush for a large image, so I did not try to get it, hoping that I would have acloser shot at it, but it never returned. Friday another appeared, proving to be an American Lady (about the size ofthe Cabbage White I recently posted in the Pentax Forum). It, too, was not as close as I would have liked, but remembering the last missed opportunity, I took some pictures anyway, hoping to do better on Saturday, but Friday night brought an unseasonable storm that devasteted our backyard butterfly population, and the Lady was nowhere to be seen, so these are the best I have.

All were lit from above by the noon sun. The first is backlighted and minimally processed. The others are sidelighted and shot from beneath; they were horizontal on the flower clusters and have been rotated 90 degrees to a moreerect position,brightness decreased, contrast increased, sharpened, despeckledand cropped.

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i'm sorry to hear about your backyard. i hope those butterflies come back. nice shots btw.

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Old Sep 24, 2007, 7:12 PM   #5
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Pretty Lady(s), penolta. I see some similiar to those but not sure if the location is right.
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Old Sep 25, 2007, 1:35 PM   #6
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Pretty Lady(s), penolta. I see some similiar to those but not sure if the location is right.
Both the American and Painted Ladys occur in Texas, but they are pretty similar - you would need either to photograph them or examine them with binoculars and then consult a good field guide -- the Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America is the best organized and easiest to use; it is published by Houghton Mifflin (most field guides are ,it seems) and available in most large bookstores (I got mine fron Barnes & Noble) or online.

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Not good news about the backyard. Nice series I think I pick #3 as my favorite.


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My wife came back from a plant nursery today with a plant complete with a caterpillar that oddly enough turned out to be an Amercan Lady - the caterpillars are easier to tell apart than the butterflies. K100D with Promaster 100mm AF macro
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