Macro Butterfly

Butterflies have been relatively scarce in the backyard this year, so it was exciting to find one butterfly (Speyeria species) that was willing to hang around for some macro photographs of its face and scaly wings.

butterfly
Sunbathing in the grass.
butterfly face macro
Close-up time!
butterfly face macro
At this distance, this was about the only angle that allowed most of its face to be in focus at once.
butterfly eye macro
The eye of a butterfly is mesmerizing.
butterfly wing
What might be even more amazing about a butterfly are its scaly wings.
butterfly wing macro
Thousands of scales make up the patterns we see.
butterfly wing macro
It’s almost like looking at a stained-glass window.

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