CMMC: May Close-up or Macro

There’s plenty of pollen for everyone! Photographed 20 September 2020.
Lily- photographed 20 March 2020.
Beetle – photographed August 17, 2019

Tiny Butterfly: May 3, 2021

This is without a doubt the smallest butterfly that I’ve ever photographed. It was rather disheartening because in a huge field of clover, this was the only insect (besides a solitary wasp) that I could see.

As this photo illustrates, this butterfly’s wingspan was hardly wider than a blade of grass. Interestingly, her wings were one color on the outside and another on the inside!
This photo illustrates even better the two-colored nature of its wings.
And now we have three!

While I’m fairly sure this butterfly is a member of the Pieridae family, I’m afraid to go any further with identification. It was most insistent about staying in the grassy area of the field. It’s quite a bit smaller than the common cabbage butterfly. If anybody out there knows for certain what it is, please feel free to enlighten the rest of us!

First Butterfly of the Season!

I shot these just a few minutes ago in my own back yard, using my lowly iPhone 11.

Often called a cabbage butterfly, I believe this is a male Pieries rapae.
It was accidentally introduced to Quebec, Canada, around 1860 and spread rapidly throughout North America. –Wikipedia, Howe, William H. (1975). The Butterflies of North America. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-04926-9.

Becky’s April Bright Square Challenge #20

Here are my latest entries to Becky of Winchester’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge.

I captured this interesting blossom a couple of days ago. I’ve no idea what it is, but it sure is pretty!
This fellow isn’t super bright, but if you look at the center of the eyelets on its wing, there’s an interesting shade of blue. As for its eyes, they reflect the sunlight with a color reminiscent of amber.

Becky’s Bright Squares Challenge #19

Becky B from the blog Life of B has been hosting the April Bright Squares Challenge. It’s been enormous fun.

Now for a square on a smaller scale…

Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight

Here are my contribution to Lens-Artists photo challenge #144 – Taking Flight.

This bee is actually zooming in for a landing.
This was a difficult capture but I think it looks pretty cool.
This honeybee is just getting ready to take off.
This dragonfly looks like it has a big smile on its face.

Becky’s Bright Square Challenge – April 8

This is my entry for Becky B of Life of B’s April Bright Square Challenge. According to my photo editor, this image is equal in length and width. So why does it look (to me) as if it’s taller than wider?

From last Summer