Monarch sipping dahlia nectar by Celeste Mookherjee

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This lovely monarch butterfly was an irresistible subject, despite the difficult light (noon, bright sun). I had been shooting dahlia macros in the shade, and the butterfly was interested enough in this magenta dahlia that I had time to switch lenses. Difficult light or not, I wasn’t about to ignore this little beauty! (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 226mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec., midday sun, handheld)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (February 2013)

Special Recognition in the worldwide Nature juried art competition and appears in the Nature Art Exhibition – February 2013 at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Yellow, Gold or Monarch Butterflies” challenge in Tiny Creatures in Macro group (September 2014)

Co-winner of “Bugs on Summer Flowers” challenge in You Got It, We Want It group (same number of votes as winner, although group does not recognize ties) (July 2014)

Top 10 in "Prima Challenge #028” in Prima Challenges!! group (June 2014)

Winner of Winged Insects – May Avatar challenge in Winged Insects Group (May 2014)

Top 10 in “Red or orange insects” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (February 2014)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Black is Beautiful” challenge in New Creations of Beautiful Art & Photography group (September 2013)

Top 10 in “Blue Purple Pink Flowers” challenge in Bugs and Animals on Flowers in Macro group (April 2013)

Top 10 in “Last Voucher Challenge” in Winged Insects Group (February 2013)

Winner of “Visitor on your flower” challenge in 2D – Daffodils & Dahlias group (August 2011)

Top 10 in “No Feature” challenge in All Creatures Great and Small group (August 2011)

Featured in Prima Challenges!! (15 June 2014)

Featured in Tiny Creatures in Macro (16 June 2013)

Featured in Bugs and Animals on Flowers in Macro (7 August 2011)

Featured in Gorgeous Flower Cards (5 August 2011)

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  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    Such exquisite detail Celeste . . . .

  • Thanks very much, Teresa!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • IngeHG
    IngeHGover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot with great details and such great colours !

  • Thank you, Inge!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 3 years ago

    Congratulations, 06/08/2011…..Shirley

  • Thank you very much, Shirley! I am honored!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • orko
    orkoover 3 years ago

    Great shot! My congratulations!

  • Thank you, I’m glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Exceptional butterfly shot! Excellent focus, great clarity and composition! And I love the contrast with the black space!

  • Thanks very much, Joanne! This is a personal favorite of mine because I so love Monarchs!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    Just an exquisite shot, Celeste… that lighting really displays the color of that Monarch and he sure is enjoying himself…

  • Thank you, Katherine. It was a special encounter. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Yool
    Yoolover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature! I am honored.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, excellent clarity and colour!

  • Thanks very much, Damienne!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Brent McMurry
    Brent McMurryover 3 years ago


  • Thanks, Brent. I’m glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Jaxybelle
    Jaxybelleover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, love everything about this :)

  • Thank you! I appreciate your comment.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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