Saturday, August 4, 2012

I just want to bee ... a butterfly

Point-and-shoot dramatized Mourning Cloak chrysalis
This is just a quick post to point out the Update for the identifications for last weekend's backlight trapped moths and a chance to put another nail in the 'I just want to bee ...' series. Here's two examples of a chrysalis of the Mourning Cloak butterfly Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758), also snapped last weekend. The top one is from my point-and-shoot Lumix DMC FZ28 with its OK macro and terrible flash. I was trying to follow Alex Wild's maxim and make the best of its limited features. I think I did okay, but the viewer will be the judge.
Chrysalis of Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758) Mourning Cloak
The second shot is my wife's Nikon D70 in action. Both shots were difficult and involved lying on the ground and shooting up under the runners of a cabin, but the latter is the better image for documentation, especially in its full size (cropped to the essentials) 11.2 mb vs the Lumix 2.84 mb. However, to-date, neither camera nor photographer has been able to capture a decent image of the too flighty adult Mourning Cloak.


  1. As a die-hard point-and-shooter, I have to say I like the top photo better from an artistic standpoint. Documentation is always important, but after that, you want something that's going to be a little more dramatic, and express in some way the true beauty and fascination of these bugs we love to look at.

  2. Thanks for the vote. You certainly do well with your Canon Powershot. I especially like the baby assassin bugs.