Queen butterfly on milkweed
Butterflies

Queen butterfly on Milkweed Flower

Another queen butterfly on a milkweed flower. I took this butterfly photo in my moms yard. She has the milkweed plants to attract the butterflies so the chances are if you are there then you will see butterflies. Why do I like photographing butterflies? Because the colors are so vivid and their design is so perfect. If you can get…

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Queen Butterfly
Butterflies

Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) on a milkweed flower photo

Photo by Ian Sands. Location: LaBelle Florida. Subject: Queen Butterfly. This queen butterfly was fluttering around and through the milkweed plants at my moms house. The queen butterfly has vibrant colors and patterns as you can hopefully see from this photo. When photographing butterflies I always try to take the picture using the macro setting. I think that macro captures…

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White Peacock Butterfly Photo
Butterflies

White Peacock Butterfly photo on a zinnia flower

One of my older photos of a white peacock butterfly on a zinnia flower. Butterflies are beautiful creatures to watch. If you can capture a photo of a butterfly you can enjoy their beauty even longer. White peacock butterflies can be seen fluttering on the flowers of weeds and other plants in Florida and warmer states. There are more colorful…

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Black Swallowtail butterfly at okaloacoochee slough state forest
Butterflies

Black swallowtail butterfly photo Papilio polyxenes

Never know what you might see at the Okaloacoochee Slough state forest. I was lucky enough to see this black swallowtail butterfly enjoying this spanish needle flower. This swallowtail kept going back and forth between a few flowers giving me the opportunity to capture several photos. I don’t see the black swallowtail butterfly too often and am happy that I…

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Queen Butterfly Closeup
Butterflies

Queen Butterfly Picture Closeup

Another queen butterfly photo that I took using my canon powershot camera. As you can see this queen butterfly is on a milkweed flower as well. The long leaves make an excellent food supply for the butterflies caterpillars. This butterflies color looks lighter than the previous photo. It could just be the lighting or maybe it’s a different butterfly. A…

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Queen butterfly on milkweed photo
Butterflies

Queen Butterfly on Milkweed Photo

Queen butterflies can be seen in Florida through most of the year. This butterfly lays it’s eggs on the milkweed plant. The eggs turn into caterpillars which eat the leaves of the milkweed plant and then cocoon until they turn into a queen butterfly like the one in the picture. If you have milkweed plants in your yard chances are…

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Zebra Winged Butterfly
Butterflies

Zebra Winged Butterfly on Lantana Flower

This zebra winged butterfly is on a lantana flower. A colorful flower that attracts butterflies easily. Th flower also makes a fine picture on it’s own but it’s even better when a butterfly joins the scene. Butterflies and other beauties of nature are all around us, all we have to do is take the time to look. Seek and you…

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Zebra Winged Butterfly on a spanish needle flower
Butterflies, Flowers

Zebra Winged Butterfly on Spanish Needle Flower

Zebra Winged Butterfly (Heliconius charitonia) on Spanish Needle Flower. This flower is a common weed but most don’t know that it’s leaves can be eaten and are a source of protein. The butterfly likes it too. Zebra winged butterflies are a common sight in Florida, maybe because the Spanish needle flower is also common here? This butterfly’s host plant is…

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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly on red penta flowers

  A close up. If you want a picture of a butterfly you should get comfortable and be patient. The butterfly will eventually stop long enough for you to take the picture, you just have to be ready. Most of the time if there are flowers the butterfly will be there for several minutes and you should have enough time…

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on a Zinnia Flower
Butterflies

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Zinnia Flower

  One of my very favorite butterfly photos. This gulf fritillary butterfly almost looks like a painting. I used the macro setting on my camera as I often do for closeup shots and this one turned out perfectly. The detail of the wing is exquisite. The gulf fritillary butterfly is a common sight in Florida and looks like a different…

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