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(Not so) Common (any more) Blue [Polyommatus icarus]
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Posted By: forest_bear59, 06-19-2019, 05:24 AM

It was difficult to catch this one due to windy conditions. Regrettably the number of butterflies decreases and so they are not so easy to find any more. Thus the thread title .

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06-19-2019, 05:53 AM   #2
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Such a beautiful little thing. Perfect DoF and the background is lovely.
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Very nice shot. Butterfly numbers dropping severely across the U.S. It's been estimated Western Monarch numbers dropped 86% in the last year alone. We'll be planting our new 160 sq. ft. butterfly garden with native species of pollinator friendly plants in the next couple of days. I still need to haul two more truckloads of soil. Not a large plot but we're planning to add to it in the future. Whoever has the space should plant butterfly friendly plants native to their area. Especially Milkweed. The ONLY plant a Monarch will lay her eggs on. I will now step off my soap box.
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Beautiful shot of a lovely butterfly. Looks like a combination of our Cranberry Blue and Silvery Blue.

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Very, very exciting and interesting.

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QuoteOriginally posted by forest_bear59 Quote
It was difficult to catch this one due to windy conditions. Regrettably the number of butterflies decreases and so they are not so easy to find any more. Thus the thread title .
Nice capture!

I know from experience how difficult photographing these peripatetic insects can be.
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Very nice capture. I know how difficult those are and you nailed this one!
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Beautiful shot! The number of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies has dropped drastically over the last few years here in the Poconos, Pa.

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QuoteOriginally posted by forest_bear59 Quote
It was difficult to catch this one due to windy conditions. Regrettably the number of butterflies decreases and so they are not so easy to find any more. Thus the thread title .
What a beautiful creature. Great shot!
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So good on so many levels. Not only the technical aspects, but the composition, the colors and the "feel" you've created. Nice work, indeed.
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Excellent shot of a beauty! TFS.
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Fascinating color . It is a shame we don't miss these until they are almost gone .
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QuoteOriginally posted by forest_bear59 Quote
It was difficult to catch this one due to windy conditions. Regrettably the number of butterflies decreases and so they are not so easy to find any more. Thus the thread title .
May they return in droves.
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