May 2nd, 2008

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Something Bright And Beautiful

A couple of days ago, I was out on the land and I saw a really beautiful butterfly. The butterfly was very shy and I was hurrying to pick up G at school, so I only got a badly exposed out-of-focus photo. Even thought it was a crummy shot, the coolness of the butterfly was obvious. I was also excited because I knew it was probably a Hairstreak by the frills on the back bottom of its wings. I actually am succeeding at remembering what some of these critters are called.

Here's the photo that I got:

Hairstreak (kind of blurry) -- edited

Well I went back yesterday and the beautiful butterfly was back. After much chasing and stalking, I managed to get a better picture. I looked it up and it's called a Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus). Here it is in all its glory:

Amazing!

I still wish the focus was a bit sharper, but this guy is really cautious. If I see it again, I'll try laying in wait for it instead of chasing it around the field.