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Red Spotted Purple Butterflies mating
Lens: Pentax 300mm F4 Camera: k3 Photo Location: Charleston ISO: 1600 Aperture: F7.1 
Posted By: spflycaster, 10-03-2018, 01:55 PM

found these two in the forest behind my back yard.

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10-03-2018, 02:55 PM - 1 Like   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by spflycaster Quote
found these two in the forest behind my back yard.
Nice photo - I've never seen even one of that type of butterfly before.
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Nice photo - I've never seen even one of that type of butterfly before.
thanks,, neither have I, they are around here in SC, but this is the first ive seen. They are really pretty with their wings spread out
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They certainly would be pretty with their wings spread. But they are interesting enough like this.

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Great shot! I'm also a butterfly enthusiast, and I raise and release swallowtails very year. I've seen and photographed monarchs and pipevine swallowtails mating in my yard on numerous occasions, but I've never spotted Red-spotted Purples, which as you probably know, are Pipevine Swallowtail mimics. Below are links to a couple of my shots of Red-spotted Purples with open wings... they are quite stunning butterflies

Red Spotted Purple IMGP6959a.jpg photo - Bud Hensley photos at pbase.com

Red_Spotted_Purple_IMGP9461a.jpg photo - Bud Hensley photos at pbase.com
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Great shot! I'm also a butterfly enthusiast, and I raise and release swallowtails very year. I've seen and photographed monarchs and pipevine swallowtails mating in my yard on numerous occasions, but I've never spotted Red-spotted Purples, which as you probably know, are Pipevine Swallowtail mimics. Below are links to a couple of my shots of Red-spotted Purples with open wings... they are quite stunning butterflies

Red Spotted Purple IMGP6959a.jpg photo - Bud Hensley photos at pbase.com

Red_Spotted_Purple_IMGP9461a.jpg photo - Bud Hensley photos at pbase.com
thanks.. they are mimics and it took me a little while to id them correctly because their wings are closed.. I have photographed pipevine swallowtails also. both in SC. thank you for the link I I'm going there right now. I saw them they are gorgeous

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Beautiful image
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Beautiful image
thank you very much

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Excellent shot! I'm really tempted to add that 300 mm to my bag.
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Excellent shot! I'm really tempted to add that 300 mm to my bag.
thanks, I noticed the resolution on my screen made the detail look a little out of focus, but it isn't . The lens is amazing for its purpose. and on my k3 adding a 1.4 ext make it a nice bird lens although for me not in flight because I can not get it to focus fast enough. I need a zoom for in flight. probably is the user but my husband used it on his k1 and it focused nice and fast for him. really am pleased with it.
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