Viceroy Butterfly



Saw this viceroy in a butterfly garden in northwest Tennessee this past weekend. I was surprised to see a viceroy feeding on several nectar plants. I thought they were sap feeders.

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Canon 7D mark II, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II, 1.4x extender II
ISO 800, f11, 1/200s, hand held

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That’s a super shot, Allen. I love how the angle of the butterfly contrasts with that of the Buddleia - and the BG is a gorgeous tone. I must admit that when such a beautiful butterfly has no major damage, I like to sometimes clean up the scratch marks to “restore” its pristine state. But I see the other side to this debate too, and in this case the scratches are pretty minor.

Oh, what a beauty, Allen. I like the composition and that BG really makes him and the flower stand out nicely.

Perfect composition, perspective and subject, Allen. Can’t imagine changing a thing.

I like this one a lot. The butterfly is perfectly captured and the position of the butterfly together with tha plant and the color scheme make up a very good composition.