Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)
August 17, 2014

  Late July through August is definitely butterfly time, and I feel lucky to have photographed another new species for me: the common wood-nymph (Cercyonis pegala).

I had encountered one in the Toftrees game land earlier in July, but then I had a splendid opportunity when a wood-nymph visited my backyard. At first I used a long lens.

Common wood-nymph
  Then the wood-nymph flew closer (to the petunias), and I switched to a macro lens.
Common wood-nymph
  The final photo is something of an action shot, when I caught the wood-nymph with its wings open.
Cercyonis pegala
  I'm always pleased when I can have both above and under the wings views of a butterfly.

Photo note: I used the Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens for the first photo and the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens for the second two photos, on July 20, 2014.

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