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Old Nov 12, 2007, 5:45 PM   #1
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The West Coast Ladyis thesmallest of the three Lady butterflies.This onehas been around for several days, but is very flighty, and these are the only shots I have been able to get. I posted pictures of the American Lady a few weeks ago. I haven't had an opportunity to geta Painted Lady yet.

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It's a beauty, penolta. What is the flower it is visiting in the first one?
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Old Nov 12, 2007, 6:35 PM   #4
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It's a beauty, penolta. What is the flower it is visiting in the first one?
Thanks. The flower is one of our ubiquitous milkweeds (we are still "raising" Monarchs, so we have to keep planting more to keep ahead of the hungry little buggers).
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that west coast lady is a beauty. very nice capture. i'm curious about your backyard. would you mind posting a wider angle shot of your garden/backyard. you seem to have a great diversity of insects and birds.

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Great close up - so vibrant! Well done. Dan
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 12:49 PM   #7
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Thanks Dan and Hung.

Hung - My wife was after me to take pictures before that freak nighttiime storm hit. THings werre just recovering when the sustained Santa Ana winds thatcausedthe firestorms finished the job. Right now the taller plants in the part of theyard where I do most of my photographyare pretty much just bare branches, stripped of their leaves- not much to show. Besides the back yard is on the South and West sides of the house, and I would have to be shooting into the sun (which is why I have so many back-lit subjects). My wife is replanting, and leaves are regrowing on the bare branches, so when things are again representative of what things were like, I wlll try tp post pictures. Normally, things are so heavily planted, one picture couldn't see from one side to the otner, at least until the trees shed their remaining leavesfor the winter, so one picture wouldn't do the job. I'll be working on older pictures for a while like the Pentstemon picture I just posted in the Pnetax forum. I am also working on a Lady Bug life history (vicious looking larvae) which I will be posting in the near future.
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