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This is the last of the exotic butterflies in the RTP folder. How quickly they fly.

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This particular species (Heloconius hecale I believe) from So. America seems to do well in captivity. Essentially every butterfly zoo I've visited has many of these flying about.
Nice picture Walter; composition, colours, bokeh, IQ....well done
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Pentax K-7 from a few years ago during a butterfly count in Algonquin Park. DA 18-55mm
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Nice picture Walter; composition, colours, bokeh, IQ....well done
Thank you CharLac. Using available light rather than flash meant a wide aperture to get a sufficient short shutter speed, so the DOF isn't sufficient. However, if you concentrate on the body rather than the wings - - -

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Thank you CharLac. Using available light rather than flash meant a wide aperture to get a sufficient short shutter speed, so the DOF isn't sufficient. However, if you concentrate on the body rather than the wings - - -
I think that the narrow DOF actually makes it; like you say, the focal point is in the perfect spot
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I think that the narrow DOF actually makes it; like you say, the focal point is in the perfect spot
Great. I refrained from posting that image years back because there was another image, with wings folded, so more of it was within the DOF.
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A fly covered in pollen on chicory, which is blooming abundantly along roadsides.

TER-OR corrected my error. This is a bee disguised as a fly that's mimicking a bee.
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you can clearly see the four separate wings of this butterfly
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I'd call this a bee-bum, but it's really a fly-fanny. NO! MY ERROR (corrected by TER-OR) it is a bee so it is a bee-bum, Bummer for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
A fly covered in pollen on chicory, which is blooming abundantly along roadsides.
Bee. Halictus. (maybe rubicundus?)
Observe the antennae, the obvious pollen collecting scopa on her tibias. Wings fold making it tough to see the second smaller wings on each side.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1559581

Chickory is fantastic, it may well be keeping entire populations alive with its constant flowering through the year. Plus, I find it a cheerful color along the roads.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Bee. Halictus. (maybe rubicundus?)
Observe the antennae, the obvious pollen collecting scopa on her tibias. Wings fold making it tough to see the second smaller wings on each side.
Nomad? - Halictus rubicundus - BugGuide.Net

Chickory is fantastic, it may well be keeping entire populations alive with its constant flowering through the year. Plus, I find it a cheerful color along the roads.
Thanks for the correction, I kept waffling on bee vs bee-mimic. Should have been more observant.
LOTS of chicory blooming along the roads at the moment. Goldfinches sometimes landing and feeding, but I don't think there are any seeds as yet so I'm not sure what the birds are after. Tried to get some pictures of the birds on the chickory, using the car as a blind and parking along a dirt road, but as I approached slowly, the birds flew off, and after waiting for 30 minutes without seeing a single goldfinch up or down the length of road within view, I gave up.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Thanks for the correction, I kept waffling on bee vs bee-mimic. Should have been more observant.
LOTS of chicory blooming along the roads at the moment. Goldfinches sometimes landing and feeding, but I don't think there are any seeds as yet so I'm not sure what the birds are after. Tried to get some pictures of the birds on the chickory, using the car as a blind and parking along a dirt road, but as I approached slowly, the birds flew off, and after waiting for 30 minutes without seeing a single goldfinch up or down the length of road within view, I gave up.
OH, you can be forgiven for confusing insects. I've learned a LOT over the past few years, and could really benefit from a more systematic approach to studying physiology.

My guess with the finches on chickory is nectar. They'll sip from hummingbird feeders, and I've seen them on other plants too.
It's an aster, so I presume the finches would eat the seeds. I was unaware it's non-native to North America but now of course naturalized across the continent.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
OH, you can be forgiven for confusing insects. I've learned a LOT over the past few years, and could really benefit from a more systematic approach to studying physiology.

My guess with the finches on chickory is nectar. They'll sip from hummingbird feeders, and I've seen them on other plants too.
It's an aster, so I presume the finches would eat the seeds. I was unaware it's non-native to North America but now of course naturalized across the continent.
It's one plant I happy about having a green card, but oriental bittersweet, purple loose strife, glossy buckthorn, kudzu, wild parsnip, giant hogweed, and others I'd just as soon that ICE rounded up and sent back where they started.
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