Wildlife: Butterfly Wings

Taken by the river at Nesika County Park, these butterflies were playing in the grass and trees nearby. These are very common butterflies along the Oregon Coast, as I see them often near blossoms and once even at the beach!


I liked the orange and blue colors at the base of the wings. I can't say for certain, but I believe this is a male, as it is brighter and was landing above, in a dominating position, the other duller butterflies.

By Chelle152 from Coquille, OR

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September 24, 20110 found this helpful

Wow, Chelle, that certainly is a double size Western Swallowtail! What an amazing find!

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

What a beautiful shot! I love the way the shadows on the grass reflect the light and dark on the butterflies wings.



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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Lol, the butterfly isn't really that huge. It's called macro photography. You get close to the subject and use perspective and angles, then sometimes cropping, to make your subject larger in the photo than in life. It's my absolute favorite form of photography :)

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September 28, 20110 found this helpful

Interesting! Butterflies were pretty much the only insect that didn't terrify me when I was little.

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