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Old Oct 9, 2009, 5:51 PM   #1
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This is probably the last "new" backyard butterfly for this year, and the tiniest I have ever photographed. While not taken with a Pentax, I am putting it here for your interest since this is where I have put most of this year's butterfly shots. These little things have been darting about the yard for some time, but are so fast and erratic that they can hardly be followed with the naked eye, and never stay put in one place long enough to even approach close enough to identify. It was pure chance that I got this one, and I almost got one with the wings spread, but it got "bounced" by one of the ever present fritillaries that chase everything (including each other). I thought these were the Gray Hairstreaks that we have had in the past, but the sunlight was so bright that I failed to realize it wasn't until I looked at the pictures. This is a Marine Blue (named for the color of the upper side, not the ocean), which according to the guides, measure across the spread wings from 5/8" to 1" (15-25.4mm), so with wings folded would be a little more than half that in height at right angles to the body (a point above the notch in the margin between the two wings). I don't know where in that range this one falls. Sony a350 with Sigma 180mm macro APO.

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Congratulations, You really nailed that shot! That little beauty is sharrrrrp.

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Very sharp for a Sony
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Old Oct 10, 2009, 11:36 AM   #4
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I thought so too - I haven't used it much, but I may have to rethink things now! Credit the lens - give it a good one and it can do the job. It is a now discontinued used f5.6 in Minolta/Sony mount that I picked up cheap on ebay some time ago - new cost (there are still a few to be found) is less than half the current f3.5 version. First time I have used it on the Sony.
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Fantastic shots, Pen!
The face on the first one looks a little scary.
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Great shots with so much detail on such a tiny subject!
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Thanks, guys.

GW, I guess those are pretty big eyes for such a small beastie -
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Nicely captured, Penolta-

The sharpness and detail is amazing.

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Beautiful. Those are tiny butterflies.

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Old Oct 14, 2009, 5:22 PM   #10
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Thanks Sarah and Patty for looking and commenting

I should have mentioned that its perch is what is left of what may have been the last rose of summer.
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