Skipper And Sunflower
Photograph - Photography
This skipper butterfly was visiting our sunflower garden which we try to have each year. I chased a couple of them, they don't stay still for very long. I finally captured this image and the sun was just right to show of their unique body, large eyes and all the detail of this butterfly and the sunflower it chose to feed upon. Our sunflowers were very large and had some different characteristics than we had seen from our others in years before.
Skipper butterflies display many structural features of both moths and butterflies with their large head, widely spaced, hooked antennae, a chunky body and short wings, these smallish butterflies are sometimes rapid, erratic fliers. Before I started photographing insects, I was completely unaware of these charming little butterflies. I have since come to appreciate their antics and admire their flying abilities. Skippers present a physical challenge to photographers as they rarely stay in one spot for more than a few moments, and they will weathervane you all day (never presenting their full profile).
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November 6th, 2011
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