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Old Jul 20, 2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default Late Summer "Bugs & Blooms"

Just a few random shots from "out on the trail," from the hot late summer season here in East Tennessee.

We've seen a lot of Tiger Swallowtails emerging lately. Here are some shots of the typical yellow form, enjoying some Milkweed nectar (that old Pentax A 70-210 sure has some good color rendition!).
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Some female Tiger Swallowtails are dark - a mimic of the (bad-tasting) Pipevine Swallowtails. These two were enjoying Teasel and Thistle nectar.
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Spicebush Swallowtails are also dark - also a mimic of Pipevine Swallowtails. It does seem to help, I rarely see birds eating any of these dark butterflies!

This one was enjoying some red clover nectar.
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We've also seen a recent fresh hatching of Silvery Checkerspots. Fine little butterflies, but a bit skittish and hard to approach (glad for the 300mm...)
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Blue Dashers are mating, and lots of new Common WhiteTails are emerging...
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Not much luck with bird photography lately - have seen plenty, heard even more, but not gotten near many. But this Goldfinch was so busy eating aphids, that I was able to bring a large group of children close enough to see him!
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Certainly hope your season is progressing well, and full of small discoveries!

Thanks for any comments, critique, or suggestions!
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Wow. Great images, Mole!
Color, composition, sharpness. What more could you ask?
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Fantastic shots Mole. I echo what GW said, but I would rate this 5 cool's!

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Ditto what GW and Lou said. A very lovely series. Thanks for sharing.
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