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These Malayan Tree Nymphs were part of the collection at the Phuket Butterfly Farm, an organisation that not only exhibits butterflies, but also is involved in a breeding programme for a number of species. The butterflies fly around in a large, netted enclosure which you can walk around as well – it’s not unusual for them to land on you. The number of species seems to vary with the season, so sometimes there is a greater variety to be seem than others, but it’s always worth a visit.
The four in this shot had settled on a wire mesh at the edge of their enclosure. I think the effect is reminiscent of a Japanese screen.
Canon 1D MkII with Canon 300mm 2.8L IS lens; ISO 400 f2.8 1/800
Uploaded 6 March 2009
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