Orange SulphurJuly 26, 2009

  A moderate size butterfly, the orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme) is a common but lovely butterfly, and I was pleased to have a sharp photo of one a few weeks ago.
Orange sulphur
  Although the next photo isn't as sharp as I'd prefer, I consider myself very lucky to have caught an orange sulphur in flight.
Orange sulphur flying
  The lucky aspect is that the orange sulphur butterfly normally has its wings closed whenever perched.

I occasionally wonder why yellow butterflies are called "sulphurs," but I suppose it makes sense in certain situations. For instance, calling a butterfly an orange yellow doesn't sound right.

I've added a more recent sequence of clearer photos of the orange sulphur.

Photo note:I used the Pentax K200D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens (with the Pentax 2x multiplier), for the first photo, and the Pentax *1st D (but I forget which lens) for the second. Both were taken in July, but the first was in 2009 and the second in 2008.

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