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Butterflies are a universal symbol of delicacy and softness. They are a colorful and beautiful part of our world, and therefore make excellent subjects of nature photography. Obtaining natural looking close-up images of butterflies can be a bit difficult. The subjects often don't stay in one place long and they're often skittish when approached. Most of these butterfly photos were taken at the butterfly houses in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Cambridge, Ontario or the Hortus Botanicus butterfly house in Amsterdam. All have excellent and extensive collections of butterflies, bred and raised on site. Some were taken in my own garden around my house. Others were taken at a new butterfly exhibit in Aguas Caliente, Peru.

These close-up butterfly photos were taken with either a Canon EOS20D, EOS50D, or EOS60D (all digital SLRs) with a Sigma 105mm macro lens, sometimes with extension tubes. The Sigma lens, when mounted on the Canon SLRs yields an operational focal length of about 170mm, giving the photographer the opportunity to obtain macro images of subjects from greater distances. Larger versions of these butterfly photos can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.


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photo of a Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Tiger Longwing #2478
This Tiger Longwing butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

a Tiger Longwing Butterfly photo
Tiger Longwing #2439
This Tiger Longwing butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

a photo of a Blue Morpho Butterfly
Blue Morpho #2386
This Blue Morpho butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of a brown butterfly
Butterfly #6087
This butterfly photo was taken at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada - one of the best of its kind found anywhere.

a close-up photo of a Rice Paper Butterfly
Butterfly #3137
This Zebra Buttefly photo was taken at the Butterfly House in the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam.

close-up photo of a butterfly
Owl Butterfly #3157
The Owl Butterfly is very large and will rest long enough to make it somewhat easy to photograph it.

photo of the blue back of a Blue Morpho Butterfly
Blue Morpho #2614
This Blue Morpho butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of the underside of a Blue Morpho Butterfly
Blue Morpho #2604
This Blue Morpho butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of a Rumanzovia Swallowtail Butterfly
Rumanzovia Swallowtail #2592
This Rumanzovia Swallowtail butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of an orange butterfly
Butterfly #3141
This is another butterfly photograph taken at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam.

close-up photo of an orange butterfly
Butterfly #3147

close-up photo of a butterfly
Owl Butterfly #3159


photo of a swallowtail butterfly
Swallowtail #2571
This Swallowtail butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of a perched swallowtail butterfly
Swallowtail #2492
This Swallowtail butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of a black butterfly
Butterfly #2600
This butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of a butterfly on a purple leaf
Butterfly #3161

photo of a butterfly on a green leaf
Owl Butterfly #3127

macro photo of a Rice Paper Butterfly
Butterfly #3149

photo of a brown butterfly on a green leaf
Butterfly #2602
I believe this is a photo of a Unsilvered Fritallary. This butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

photo of an Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly
Emerald Swallowtail #2580
This Emerald Swallowtail butterfly photo was taken at the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario Canada.

a photo of a Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady #2342
This Painted Lady butterfly photo was taken in my garden.

Painted Lady Butterfly photo
Painted Lady #2293
This Painted Lady butterfly photo was taken in my garden.

photo of a butterfly in Peru
Butterfly #1801
This butterfly photo was taken in the new butterfly house in Aguas Caliente, Peru.

photo of a butterfly taken in Peru
Butterfly #1805
This butterfly photo was taken in the new butterfly house in Aguas Caliente, Peru.

photo of a yellow butterfly taken in Peru
Butterfly #1819a
This butterfly photo was taken at the butterfly house in Aguas Caliente, Peru.

photo of a Hummingbird Moth hovering while tasting a flower
Hummingbird Moth #8335
Not a butterfly, but a moth. Hummingbird Moths can be mistaken for actual hummingbirds. They grow to two inches in length and feed on the nectar of flowers, hovering above or alongside them just as a hummingbird does.

photo of a Monarch butterfly
Butterfly #2762


macro photo of a butterfly
Butterfly #7719

Hummingbird Photos (Page 2)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Photos

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TheWorldinLight Photographic Gallery specializes in photos of flowers, nature, and landscapes, but also has galleries with pictures of people and cultures, aviation, that is - the world in light. These photos have been acquired from over 25 countries around the world. Some are available for purchase as photographic prints. Images can be licensed for commercial use by contacting TheWorldinLight Photographic Gallery.


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