Gulf Fritillary

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We’re still seeing daytime temperatures in the mid-90s here, the hottest October ever, or nearly so, and a lot of the flora and fauna are acting as if it’s still mid-summer rather than mid-autumn.  Many insects, including butterflies, remain quite active.  I’m not at all happy with the persistent heat but I am happy to get as many images as possible.

One of my favorite subjects is the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly.  Of all of the butterflies that appear regularly in the Tucson area this species has to rank among the most brilliantly colored.  Viewed from above, its outer wings are bright orange with a few dark markings.

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It’s an impressive insect when viewed this way.

But, that pales in comparison with what this butterfly displays when it shows its inner wings.  Then, one is treated to an incredible display of gold, orange, and white.

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Subtlety is obviously not this insect’s forte.  I’m not a big fan of gaudiness, ordinarily, but sometimes, gaudy can be good.  I’d have to say that the Gulf Fritillary carries off this display of colors with aplomb.

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Images made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180mm f3.5L Macro Lens, the second and their images shot with 1.4x extender, all images assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, the first image stabilized by monopod, the second two hand held, M setting, ISO 160.  The first image shot at f8 @ 1/160, the second and third images shot at f13 @ 1/160.

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