Over the years I have enjoyed photographing butterflies. As an artist, I'm fascinated by the variety and multitude of their designs and patterns which inspire me to use them as a motif for other works. Wherever I go, around my house or in my travels, I enjoy looking for new species. Species with similar markings have been grouped together in this collection to illustrate their minute and subtle differences when trying to distinguish one specie from another. It takes a good eye!
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For more information on these species view my online e-book; "Butterflies" by Alan Hailston
My strangest close encounter...
While stopping at a McDonalds restaurant in South Carolina on a road trip a few years ago, I caught a very slight movement of what I thought was a leaf on the sidewalk. I thought it was quite strange, as it was a totally calm day. I grabbed my camera and tracked it for a few shots and later found it was a dead leaf butterfly. Stranger yet, the butterfly is native to tropical Asia, India and Japan! I had no idea of what it was doing in South Carolina, other than maybe taking a lunch break while traveling to a butterfly exhibit somewhere up the road. I sure hope the little guy made it. Always keep a sharp eye out, even on the smallest of things. You never know what might just pop up!
© 2018 Alan Hailston