Summer butterflies

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This set of photos are from the Museum of Natural History in Santa Barbara, CA. There is a wide range of butterflies here including the Anartia jatrophae aka White Peacock. This is a very territorial species with a beautiful rustic pattern and eye spots.

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


This is the Heliconius charithonia aka Zebra Longwing shown from the front, displaying it’s very wide wing span. This butterfly is unique in that pollen enables them to be toxic to certain predators.

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


The Papilio cresphontes aka Giant Swallowtail is one of the more unique species of butterfly. The color scheme of this one is mostly yellow and black but if you look closely you can also see some red and green’s.

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


The Papilio cresphontes from the side showing it’s unique wing ridge pattern. These butterflies are quite vibrant especially while pollinating lavender.

Title: Papilio swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

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