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A hunter & its prey

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A jumping spider catches its prey

While looking for critters and flowers to photograph today, I spied this spider and its meal lurking under a black-eyed Susan. When I turned the flower over to get a better look, the spider conveniently climbed to the top of the flower to pose for a shot. Kind of like a hunter posing with its kill… Not sure of the butterfly ID—perhaps a pearl crescent or a checkerspot?

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

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Butterfly Heaven

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Painted lady and western white butterflies enjoy the sweet nectar of choke cherry flowers

While hiking near the east branch of the Jemez River in New Mexico, we came across this flowering choke cherry bush that was alive with butterflies. There must have been several hundred—mostly small western whites and a few painted ladies—swirling about and lapping up the sweet smelling nectar of the flowers.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens, ISO 1600, f/10, 1/1600″ exposure

Chicory blue

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Chicory blooming along East Street

Chicory—a true flower of summer—is blooming along East Street. This unidentified butterfly was enjoying the nectar and paid very little attention to me as I snapped several photos.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/1300″ exposure.

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