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Butterfly ~ Gray Hairstreak (Male) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in my backyard, Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Although never abundant, this species is the most common and widespread of the hairstreaks. Its larvae feed on a broad array of plants, which is quite uncommon for caterpillars.

Gray hairstreaks bask in the early morning light and open their wings to gain warmth. While basking they expose their mouse-gray upper surface, which is broken by a pro-nounced black-centered red area at the base of their tails. Such patterns clearly identifies the species. the males can be distinguished from females by their orange abdomen.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    pretty butterfly and flowers !!!

  • I love my desert willow, they bring in so many different insects. Thank you ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":
    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Nicely captured Kimberly!

  • I was quite thrilled with this one honestly, thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

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