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The Butterfly Bush is well-deserving of its name. Mine consistently attract butterflies throughout the summer. First come the Painted Lady butterflies and this page is devoted to close-up and macro photos of these butterflies. Later in the summer the Monarch butterflies arrive. The Painted Lady butterflies seem less skittish, and so it is easier to photograph these.

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. These Painted Lady butterfly photos were taken at my home in Michigan.

These close-up photos of Painted Lady butterflies were taken with an EOS50D 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. For an introduction to close-up photography, please see my site on Macro Photography. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.


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photo of a Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady #6449
This Painted Lady butterfly photo was taken at my home in Michigan.

a Painted Lady Butterfly photo
Painted lady #6457
Painted Lady Butterflies love this butterfly bush in my garden in Michigan.

a close-up photo of a Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady #6459
Painted Lady Butterflies arrive in Michigan in June.

picture of a Painted Lady butterfly
Painted Lady #6461
The Butterfly Bush is well-deserving of its name. It attracts butterflies all summer long.

a close-up picture of a Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady #6469
The Painted Lady Butterfly seems less skittish than other butterflies and so, is easier to photograph.

a Painted Lady close-up picture
Painted Lady #6470a


a macro photo of a Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady #6473
This macro photo shows the face of a Painted Lady butterfly.

photo of a Painted Lady Butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush
Painted Lady #6475
The long probuscis of the Painted Lady butterfly easily reaches into the tiny flowers of the Butterfly bush.

a Painted Lady Butterfly on a Butterfly Bush
Painted Lady #6480
Butterflies have taste sensors in their feet to detect the sweetness of the flowers they land upon.

photo of a Painted Lady butterfly
Painted Lady #6481
The large bulbs on the end of the Painted Lady antennae is one way to distinguish a butterfly from a moth, which lacks these.

macro photo of a Painted Lady butterfly
Painted Lady #6380
Most butterflies have wings that extend away from their bodies when not being used. In contrast to this, most moth wings fold flat along their body.

a Painted Lady butterfly photos
Painted Lady #6400


Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Photos of Ottawa, Canada

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