Migrating Painted Lady Butterflies

Painted Lady butterflies migrate through our area every year in Autumn. Here are a couple of images I took with a 100mm Macro Lens right in my garden.

Here is an interesting article on Painted Lady Migration in Illinois.

The Telegraph notes Painted ladies migrate thousands of miles, radars discover, they are just too high for you to see them.

The feature image is a painted lady on sedum. Following is a second image of a painted Lady on asters.

Painted Lady butterflies are not as skittish as many others.

The depth of field is very small at high magnifications. Notice that one antenna on the feature image is in focus but the other is barely visible.

A 100mm Macro Lens is perfect for these shots. 50 mm lenses require you to get too close to your subject.

Make sure your lens is focused perpendicular to the wings.

Equipment

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