Mourning Cloak Butterfly

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This is the first butterfly shot I took this year. The Mourning Cloaks overwinter as adults and are the first butterflies of spring in my region. They are one of my favorite subjects. They spend a lot of time on the ground, flying around finding food and defending their territory. When they find a tree leaking sap you can take photographs to your heart’s content, for the most part they will ignore you (I plan to post more shots soon). This was a unique opportunity to get a face on portrait of this butterfly that also showed some of its colorful wings. It was in surprisingly good shape; when butterflies age their wings show nicks and lost portions. I was not expecting to see insects so early in the year (April) so my gear was bird focused and I shot this with a 300mm lens at F5.

22 responses

  1. Perfect focus & depth of field, Victor. Well done.


    July 18, 2015 at 7:44 am

    • Thanks. I managed to get a set where you can more clearly see the checkerboard eyes, will be posted shortly.

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      July 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

  2. A Really Small Farm

    A n interesting change of perspective.


    July 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  3. Sue

    Love the colour palette of this….


    July 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  4. I absolutely love how the butterfly wings echo the shapes of the leaves!


    July 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    • Thanks. I am very wary of taking insects on the ground, usually it’s not this interesting.


      July 18, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      • Agreed. And I will admit I’m not much of an insect photo person but I do like butterflies. 🙂


        July 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        • Hopefully the insects I post will not scare you away. Tough to shoot but wonderful.


          July 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

          • No no…you could never scare me away. Your blog is one of the few I know the URL!

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            July 18, 2015 at 6:22 pm

  5. Wonderful perspective and remarkable detail. How fascinating to learn that this butterfly spends his time on the ground – I love the soft earthy colors


    July 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  6. Beautiful portrait!


    July 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm

  7. the muted tones are lovely. 🙂


    July 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

  8. Great picture Victor !!! I like butterflys 🙂


    July 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  9. Yes so interesting to see it face on


    July 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

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