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Old Jul 1, 2012, 3:20 AM   #1
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We've had a cool June and butterflies are slow to arrive. I finally found this Painted Lady, who was very hungry and stayed on this butterfly bush for a long time and posed for me!








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It is interesting these shots were posted. I've been doing butterfly shots for a couple of years, and never seen a Painted Lady, ... until Friday.

Not to hijack your thread, but these are two of the best shots. No, they are not as well done as your shots, but I keep trying.

The first one shows the proboscis recoiled. Of all the shots I've made, this is only the second shot of ANY butterfly with the proboscis in the recoiled position.
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Beautiful saly and roger.
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Thank you Alex and banksy!!

Roger, that is a very interesting point. I went back and looked through all of my b-fly shots and the only one I could find with the proboscis (or straws, as I call them) rolled up is this one of a Skipper I posted recently:

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You are right! You nailed the skipper just at the right time. I will dig through my images to see if I can find the one I had previously shot. The butterfly was sitting on an evergreen branch, so no nectar, hence no need to have the proboscis extended.
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Saly, am I correct in thinking the Painted lady is very small, half the size of a Monarch?. very well captured, have you tried spraying a blossom with sugar and water? the bugs love that.
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Saly, am I correct in thinking the Painted lady is very small, half the size of a Monarch?. very well captured, have you tried spraying a blossom with sugar and water? the bugs love that.
Thanks, Painted Ladies are just a bit smaller than Monarchs, not half. Max wingspan of 3.5" vs. 4.0" according to Wiki.

I haven't tried sugar water spray, sounds like a great idea, I will try it. I always have supply of sugar water in my refrigerator for the hummingbird feeder. Doesn't it attract ants?
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