Doomed Butterfly

Earlier images, not yet re-categorized. All subject types. Not for new images.

Moderators: rjlittlefield, ChrisR, Chris S., Pau

Mike B in OKlahoma
Posts: 1048
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:32 pm
Location: Oklahoma City

Doomed Butterfly

Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »


I was heading out of the zoo when I noticed that a spider had built a web across the inside of a glass window into an animal enclosure, and this butterfly was caught in the web. The spider apparently hadn't come out to bite it yet, as it was struggling frantically. It was on the other side of the glass, so I couldn't have helped it even if I'd been so inclined. No reason for it, but I felt vaguely guilty as I took a variety of shots of its predicament.

I think this is a Hackberry Emporer (Asterocampa celtis) but my butterfly ID skills are weak, and I couldn't see the upper wing.

180mm macro
natural light
1/250th second @ f/9
ISO 1250
Mike Broderick
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Constructive critiques of my pictures, and reposts in this forum for purposes of critique are welcome

"I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul....My mandate includes weird bugs."

Site Admin
Posts: 23352
Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:34 am
Location: Richland, Washington State, USA

Post by rjlittlefield »


The ID looks correct correct, but I'm not sure what you mean by "couldn't see the upper wing".

What's facing us is the upper surface of the whole butterfly -- note the absence of legs and proboscis on the side we can see.


Ken Ramos
Posts: 7208
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:12 pm
Location: lat=35.4005&lon=-81.9841

Post by Ken Ramos »

Nice shot here Mike. :D To bad you could not have assisted the butterfly in escaping. Starving spiders do not have my sympathy anyway. :lol:

Post Reply Previous topicNext topic