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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

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02 EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL m..jpg
03 EASTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL f..jpg
04 BLACK SWALLOWTAIL.jpg
06 GIANT SWALLOWTAIL.jpg
05 ANISE SWALLOWTAIL.jpg
08 SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL.jpg
09 ZEBRA SWALLOWTAIL.jpg
07 PALAMEDES SWALLOWTAIL.jpg
15 GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY.jpg
14 VARIEGATED FRITILLARY.jpg
13 APHRODITE FRITILLARY.jpg
16 MEADOW FRITILLARY.jpg
17 GULF FRITILLARY.jpg
12 PAINTED LADY.jpg
11 AMERICAN LADY.jpg
24 CLOUDLESS SULPHUR.jpg
22 LARGE ORANGE SULPHUR.jpg
23 BARRED YELLOW.jpg
28 SLEEPY ORANGE.jpg
27 LITTLE YELLOW.jpg
25 ORANGE SULPHUR.jpg
26 ORANGE-BARRED SULPHUR.jpg
51 SOUTHERN DOGFACE.jpg
21 EASTERN SPRING AZURE.jpg
20 CLOUDED SULPHUR.jpg
18 CABBAGE WHITE.jpg
19 GREAT SOUTHERN WHITE.jpg
32 EASTERN TAILED-BLUE.jpg
29 GRAY HAIRSTREAK.jpg
30 RED BANDED HAIRSTREAK.jpg
31 GREAT PURPLE HAIRSTREAK.jpg
33 MONARCH.jpg
34 VICEROY.jpg
35 COMMON BUCKEYE.jpg
48 SILVERY CHECKERSPOT.jpg
53 PEARL CRESCENT.jpg
52 SOUTHERN PEARLY-EYE.jpg
10 AMERICAN COPPER.jpg
55 RED-SPOTTED PURPLE.jpg
54 RED ADMIRAL.jpg
50 QUESTION MARK.jpg
49 EASTERN COMMA.jpg
43 SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER.jpg
41 COMMON CHECKERED-SKIPPER.jpg
47 NORTHERN CLOUDYWING.jpg
42 WHIRLABOUT SKIPPER.jpg
45 COMMON SOOTYWING.jpg
46 WILD INDIGO DUSKYWING.jpg
37 SACHEM SKIPPER.jpg
40 CROSSLINE SKIPPER.jpg
38 FIERY SKIPPER.jpg
36 CLOUDED SKIPPER.jpg
39 EUROPEAN SKIPPER.jpg
44 LONG-TAILED SKIPPER.jpg
67 TIGER HELICONIAN.jpg
65 COMMON CATONE.jpg
66 LEOPARD LACEWING.jpg
64 CRIMSON-PATCHED LONGWING.jpg
63 LARGE POSTMAN.jpg
62 SMALL POSTMAN.jpg
61 PAPER KITE.jpg
60 OWL BUTTERFLY.jpg
68 ZEBRA HELICONIAN.jpg
56 BANDED PEACOCK.jpg
59 BLUE MORPHO.jpg
58 BLUE MORPHO.jpg
69 DEAD LEAF BUTTERFLY.jpg
57 BLUE CLIPPER.jpg
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