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Mini Me

Mini Me
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BUTTERFLIES OF AMERICA, Butterflies of North-America, Butterflies, Butterflies III, Beautiful Butterflies, Butterfly & Dragonfly, Butterflys of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 9:03
Viewed: 3345
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Western Pygmy-Blue
Brephidium exilis

I spotted this butterfly flitting around near the end of the Galveston Causeway. It was tiny, even smaller than the Sulfers I usually encounter. It is a Western Pygmy Blue and the smallest butterfly in North America, possibly the World*. On the inside of the wings around the base is a most beautiful shade of blue.

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*For reference to scale, this butterfly is roughly the size of my thumbnail.

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Frequently I am seeing subjects either clinging or on the edge of things. Perhaps they are not in as much danger as we perceive...they do after all have a built in safety device:-)

Very nice focus, background and contrast.

The Evergreen State

You're getting some great butterflies lately. Wonderful work! Great closeup - good focus and depth of field. :)
That monitor is inspiring you!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-16 10:58]
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Wonderful angle in this photo of tiny butterfly. Great POV and excellent DOF. I like the composition and your exposure.

Jim this is a great shot with a very nice effect.
The angle is super and offers a very different pose to many flutterby shots.


Hello Jim,
this mini-butterfly seems to dressed with velvet, you gave a beautiful light to the wings, and the little flier is well focused.
Good work, have a nice Sunday,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-16 16:41]
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Hi Jim good shot of the Western pygmy blue. good detail and colours. a nice POV and DOF. good notes to. well done TFS.

Wow Jim,
You did well to capture this image of such a small Butterfly. The detail is wonderful. Nice POV. The purple flower adds interest to the image also. Great.

Hello Jim,
Great close up with nice composition, good BG
nice angle very sharp TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2007-06-18 14:58]
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Bonsoir Jim,
Superbe macro ! Cadrage parfait, couleurs excellente et MAP sans défaut. Bravo.

Hi Jim,

A nice image of the Western Pygmy-Blue butterfly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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