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About a week ago I posted an image of the underside of a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (“Like Stained Glass”). At the time I had no decent dorsal images of this species. I’ve solved that problem. Here’s a topside view of the same butterfly species.
These are really extraordinarily pretty butterflies. They’re big — about the same size as a Monarch, or about 3 inches from wingtip to wingtip — and they show up in the Tucson area every autumn. The Gulf Fritillary is predominately a southwestern species, with a range that includes southern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. Occasionally, however, they are seen as far north as South Dakota.
They are not easy to photograph! They seem to have an uncanny instinct for perching with vegetation between them and the photographer. With these insects patience is a virtue. It took me three trips to Tohono Chul Park before I finally got one out in the open.
I’ll be publishing tomorrow’s blog early, by the way. Louisa and I are headed to Flagstaff for the weekend, so there will be no Saturday or Sunday edition. I’ll definitely start things up again next Monday.
Photo taken with a Canon 5Diii, 180f3.5L Macro Lens, ISO 125, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, “M” setting, f13 @ 1/160.