Butterflies: Peacocks of the Insect World

Challenge #61 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, show us beautiful butterflies, Order Lepidoptera. They are the flamboyant members of the insect world. They (generally) hold their resting wings upright. (Moths are more modest in appearance than butterflies, and hold their resting wings flat. They had their own challenge recently, so any moths which flutter into the challenge will be DQ'd.) Show us butterflies alive and outside in their natural environment, on leaves, flowers, trees, just doing what comes naturally to them, not inside under artificial conditions. Macro and close-up shots welcome. Check http://bugguide.net/node/view/57/bgpage for more information on butterflies. Size: MAXIMUM 1,600px on LONGER SIDE.
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Submitted: Saturday, 24th August, 2013 09:14 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 30th May, 2012
Focal length: 250 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
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