|July 18, 2015|
|This has been a pretty good summer for me, inasmuch as I've photographed (for me) a few new butterflies, including the Aphrodite fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite).|
The identification came as a surprise to me: I thought it was a great-spangled fritillary. The excellent resource site Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) sent me a correction.
Below you can see an extra black spot on the forewing and close to the body, which distinguishes the Aphrodite fritillary.
|The Aphrodite fritillary is considered somewhat more colorful than its look-alike great-spangled fritillary.|
With backlighting, though, any butterfly becomes dramatic.
Photo note: I used the Pentax K3, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens, for the photos, taken during June 2015.
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