In my last post about the Mocker Swallowtails (here) I commented about how hard it was to photograph these butterflies with their wings open so you might see the variation in the female's patterning. I went back to the exhibit later in the week and was able to get a few shots of the female.
Here is a resting closed female, but you can see a hint of the inner wings to see the bright orange variation. They are such fascinating butterflies in their ability to mimic up to 14 other species.
During last week's visit with the butterflies, I hit the jackpot in catching a Blue Morpho with wings open. They rarely rest with their wings open but this one was not only posing for me, but chose a most beautiful setting of primary colors to show off its blue coloring.
A new species to the exhibit is the Crimson Banded Black, a beautiful butterfly.
One of the most beautiful butterflies, new this year, is the Chinese Yellow Swallowtail.
The exhibit is full of Zebra Longwings.
The Banded Peacock, also known as the Emerald Swallowtail, is another beauty.
A tiny but colorful butterfly that had just emerged last week is the Orange Emigrant.
A Doris Longwing
I've been having fun catching butterflies from different angles; this Gulf Fritilary didn't mind the close encounter with my macro lens.
and a Mormon...
and a Golden Helicon...
Lastly, I never tire of photographing the Paper Kites. Last week they were sitting quietly in the serviceberry tree among all the colorful berries.