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Old Aug 18, 2004, 9:21 PM   #1
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I saw the first one and took a picture, then right after, the second one came into view, so I decided to take another picture. They were taken with the Fuji S5000 set at 6 megapixels, at full 10X zoom, and with my Sony 2X lens double on it as well, for a total 20X of optic zoom, at about 30 feet distance. They're not the best but considering as far away as I was, and the fact that I took these handheld because I had left my tripod in the house, I am pretty happy with them.

Whatever kind of butterfly this is, they're really hard to get even marginally close to. Every time I'd get within 15 to 20 feet, they would fly off. I've been trying for three weekends in a row to get a shot of one of these, and then to get two in a row, was kind of a nice surprise!
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Old Aug 19, 2004, 12:54 AM   #2
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Magnificent colors
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Old Aug 20, 2004, 2:46 PM   #3
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Beaautiful photos!

Those butterflies are not Monarchs, they are Fritillaries but I dont
exactly which species. Check out this book, it may help you to identify them:

Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
by Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman
Available from Amazon.com etc

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