Some butterflies spotted the other day while hiking.

Some #butterflies spotted the other day while hiking. A gulf fritillary (orange), some kind of blue, possibly a marine blue (tiny with brown wings and a blue body), and possibly a cloudless sulphur (yellow).

The blues are always hard to spot because they’re so small, and the sulphurs just don’t want to pause most of the time. But the fritillaries are more willing to stop, and there were SO MANY of them at the gardens on Monday.

#nature #photo #butterfly

A yellow butterfly with a few dark spots perched on a small red flower with its wings closed.

A bright orange butterfly with narrow black stripes and a few white spots outlined in black, perched on wide green leaves with its wings open.

A very small butterfly with brown wings and blue body perched on a plant with crinkly green leaves.

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Maybe a cloudless sulphur? Whatever it is, these yellow ones hardly ever pause long enough for me to take a picture.

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There were so. many. fritillaries.

Fritillary on iNaturalist (tighter crop)

Blue on iNaturalist (tighter crop)

A swallowtail butterfly, photographed using the classic technique of desperately following it with the camera…

A #swallowtail #butterfly, photographed using the classic technique of desperately following it with the camera and clicking the shutter when I hope it’s pointing vaguely in the right direction to at least catch it in frame and it probably won’t be in focus anyway but with luck it’ll at least be identifiable and…hey, not bad!

(Otherwise I’ve basically given up trying to actually aim at butterflies when they’re flying.)

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A butterfly with yellow wings outstretched, black along its body and wing edges and stripes , seen backlit against the sky and leafy tree branches.

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Western Tiger Swallowtail

Common Swallowtails

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I saw several monarch butterflies at the botanic gardens up in the hills yesterday

I saw several monarch butterflies at the botanic gardens up in the hills yesterday, but no more than about three at a time. Numbers have dropped drastically over the last few years.

#photo #butterfly #MonarchButterfly #nature

Monarch

Monarch

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Spotted a Monarch butterfly today, and it actually landed and held still long enough for me to get a clear photo.

Spotted a #Monarch #butterfly today, and it actually landed and held still long enough for me to get a clear photo.

Spotted a #Monarch #butterfly today, and it actually landed and held still long enough for me to get a clear photo.

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#FotoFails I saw a gorgeous Marine Blue butterfly that actually paused long enough for me …

#FotoFails I saw a gorgeous Marine Blue #butterfly that actually paused long enough for me to take a picture…with its wings open, even! But my camera kept insisting on focusing on the leaves behind it. 🙄

#FotoFails I saw a gorgeous Marine Blue #butterfly that actually paused long enough for me ...

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Interesting rolling shutter effect on this butterfly’s wings as they moved too fast for the camera’s sensor

Interesting #RollingShutter effect on this #butterfly's wings as they moved too fast for the camera's sensor. Probably a #GrayHairstreak. #nature

Interesting #RollingShutter effect on this #butterfly’s wings as they moved too fast for the camera’s sensor. Probably a #GrayHairstreak.

#nature

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A cabbage white butterfly. I hardly ever catch these holding still…

A cabbage white #butterfly. I hardly ever catch these holding still, and o thought I'd caught this one perched on the flowers, but it took off as I pressed the button. Fortunately my phone had already focused, and I got a better photo than I was expecting! #butterflies #nature

A cabbage white #butterfly. I hardly ever catch these holding still, and o thought I'd caught this one perched on the flowers, but it took off as I pressed the button. Fortunately my phone had already focused, and I got a better photo than I was expecting!

#butterflies #nature

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A tiny Marine Blue butterfly on Blue Chalksticks flowers.

A tiny Marine Blue #butterfly on Blue Chalksticks flowers. The name might seem odd, but when they open their wings, the inside shades to a bright blue near the body.
A tiny Marine Blue #butterfly on Blue Chalksticks flowers.

The name might seem odd, but when they open their wings, the inside shades to a bright blue near the body.

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Monarch butterfly. Blurry, but it’s a wonder I caught a photo at all with my phone.

Monarch butterfly. Blurry, but it’s a wonder I caught a photo at all with my phone.

#butterfly #monarch #monarchbutterfly #orange #magenta

Photo taken at: South Coast Botanic Garden

Monarch butterfly. Blurry, but it’s a wonder I caught a photo at all with my phone.

#butterfly #monarch #monarchbutterfly #orange #magenta

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