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The Monarch
September 30
After about 20 shots of fuzzy butterflies, I finally got this one with his wings open.

The Monarch
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The beauty of digital photography. If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Jason on Thursday · September 30 2004

I love digital. :)

stacy on Thursday · September 30 2004

That's awesome. I have so many shots from butterfly pavilions of closed-winged butterflies.

tori on Thursday · September 30 2004

Cool photo!!

I think that's a Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) or something similar, but not a Monarch.

Reed on Thursday · September 30 2004

Reed, are you a butterfly geek? Fess up.

Jason on Thursday · September 30 2004

The only reason I figured it was a Monarch was that it was a butterfly in Colorado, so you are probably correct, Reed! Are Monarchs bigger?

stacy on Friday · October 01 2004

I don't know much about butterflies, but I looked it up. Whenever I see a creature I can't identify, I try to look it up. I just feel like I have to know.

I looked it up under "butterflies in Illinois" because I thought that's where this was. I may be wrong. I'll look under Colorado.

Monarches are orange and black but a different pattern.

Reed on Friday · October 01 2004

I now have discovered that it's a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), not a Fritillary.

See here: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/co/225.htm

Glad we got that cleared up.

Reed on Friday · October 01 2004

That's pretty cool, Reed. I'm sort of that way with words. Butterflies...I usually just say, "ohh, that's a pretty one."

Jason on Friday · October 01 2004

...yet I have no idea what that flower is.

Reed on Friday · October 01 2004
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