Butterflies up close

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Butterflies have the ability to glow because their wings are so thin, allowing the sun to shrine through and create extremely vibrant colors.

Title: Monarch butterfly nectaring
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Buckeye Butterfly is absolutely beautiful, especially when still. You can see the rustic colors of the wings with the tips lighting up in bright oranges and white shades.

Title: Buckeye with a broken wing
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


Some Butterflies have darker colors to blend in with their surroundings, but this white flower makes it hard to hide. Pollinating is an important key to this butterflies lifestyle and camouflage is the least of it’s concern.

Title: Black butterfly & White flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


These Butterflies are attracted by bright plants, and often times several of them will swarm one single flower. The Butterfly on the left has a very dark color scheme with mostly black wings and some very light blues scattered throughout. It’s almost a neon color.

Title: Atala & Zebra Longwing sharing a flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

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