More Flying Beauties

Today’s post features some more winged beauties I photographed in my rural Missouri butterfly garden a few days ago. I’m hoping the rain eventually ends so that I can get back out and photograph more of these beauties. As fall approaches, a lot of the fall wildflowers (several species of asters) are preparing to bloom and if like last year, there will be tons of butterflies, moths and caterpillars feeding on these wildflowers shortly.

Here are a few of my favorite images I captured a few days ago:

A Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) was one visitor:

White-spotted Skipper butterfly

Most of the “other” butterflies are skippers. I’m not sure, but I believe these next couple are Fiery Skippers (Hylephila phyleus):

Skipper butterfly

Skipper butterfly

And a single Gray Hairstreak, also called a Common Hairstreak (Strymonmelinus) was found:

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/2500 sec.



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