Sunday, June 20, 2010

Picture This Photo Contest - June 2010

I first entered Gardening Gone Wild's "Picture This" photo contest back in February.  It's always fun to see the wonderful photos that all the bloggers enter.  (And fun to win, I'll admit!) There's some seriously great talent out there and this is a way for the rest of us to get to see more of it, as well as stretch our amateur photography muscles.

This month's theme is "The Best Frame You Have Ever Created."  I've got a few photos that I can never get enough of looking at, so I decided to enter the contest again.

One day last summer, I was walking through my gardens with camera in hand (as usual) and as I looked over at the 'White Swan' Echinaceas, I saw a Red-Spotted Purple (Leminitis arthemis astyanax) perched on top of one.  Quietly, I turned my camera on and zoomed in on it.



It allowed me just two photos, then it was gone.  Had I hesitated even for a couple of seconds, the moment would have been lost.

I'm pretty certain this one was newly emerged, judging from the crisp freshness of his wings.  Perhaps he was born in the garden here at Our Little Acre?

According to Butterflies and Moths of North America, the Red-Spotted Purple's range is the eastern half of North America, plus Mexico, New Mexico and Arizona.  There's a distinction between those that occur in the northern and southern parts of their eastern range:

"The White Admiral form usually occurs north of a line through north central New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota. The Red-spotted Purple form is usually found south of this line. Much hybridization occurs where these forms meet."

Distribution map 

A range map showing the distribution of Limenitis arthemis. The red shows the range of L. a. arthemis; the orange shows the range of L. a. astyanax; the green shows the range of L. a. arizonensis; and the yellow shows where the ranges of L a. arthemis and L. a. astyanax overlap (Photo and caption from Wikimedia Commons)

In some Limenitis, the reddish coloring occurs only on the underneath side of the top wings, which is the case with the one in my photos.

In any event, I was thrilled to have been in the right place at the right time and for this month's Picture This contest, I've chosen this image for my entry:


Susan Battersby said...

Such a beautiful picture.
I have always called butterflies the flowers of the air.

Muhammad khabbab said...

My goodness. I bet one can not get tired looking at this beautiful image.

Lona said...

It is so nice when you snap some pictures and when uploaded to view you just say "Wow!". You get surprised at how everything just clicked together and the effect turned out so beautiful. These are just gorgeous pictures Kylee. Good luck on the contest.

F Cameron said...

The Purple bf is so gorgeous! What fantastic shots!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great captures Kylee. The last one is just perfect.

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