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Old May 17, 2011, 8:34 PM   #1
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Default Hard butterflies I - Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloaks are notoriously hard to photograph as they usually fly and perch too high for a decent shot of the upper surface. I got this one sunning itself on a rock in a local butterfly house. A bonus was finding and photographing the eggs, which are quite elaborately decorated. They are laid in masses on a native willow host plant for the caterpillars to feed on. Unfortunately I found no caterpillars. K5, Sigma 70-300 mm APO Macro (new lens).

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Old May 17, 2011, 9:22 PM   #2
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Sure is a tough one to photograph - glad you caught this one in a rare perching moment! Really nice photos of the eggs too.

PS - Sigma 70-300 is my favorite butterfly & odonate lens too. Not so great for distance, but fine sharpness and color for close-ups. Hope you enjoy yours for many years, and keep sharing great photos with it!
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Great shot of the butterfly ..... even better shots of the eggs !
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Very nice shots, interesting shot of the eggs around the branch

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Love #2, very geometrical, almost to the point where it seems intentional (which I guess it is, but don't want to get into the "intelligent design" realm)
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Wonderful series! A hard butterfly to photograph because of the light and dark, this picture is awesome. The eggs are really fascinating, amazing how many there are and how delicate and pretty they are.
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Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Love #2, very geometrical, almost to the point where it seems intentional (which I guess it is, but don't want to get into the "intelligent design" realm)
It reminds me of an ear of corn-on-the-cob, which is eaten by some along the rows, typewriter fashion, and by other around the cob. It made me wonder which way the butterfly laid her eggs!
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Wow! great shots
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Didn't understand the title till I saw the shots.

Some great macro work, and even more great eyes in spotting them

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Thanks Ira and Ronnie for looking and commenting.

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Poor choice of words on my part - they are in fact soft bodied but difficult to shoot.
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