Butterflies are a chiefly diurnal group of the order Lepidoptera (which also includes moths). Adults have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths. The earliest known butterfly fossils date to the mid Eocene epoch, 40–50 million years ago. (From Wikipedia)
Taken at the Bellagio Casino Conservatory spring display.
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holmertz (45938) 2014-05-07 7:33
A fine combinaion of pretty flower and pretty butterfly who match each other perfectly. The light hit them both very nicely and the dark background really makes them pop out of the photo.
cornejo (36469) 2014-05-07 10:18
Hello Eleu, excellent macro of these beautiful butterflies feeding on a beautiful flower, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Silvio1953 (131814) 2014-05-07 10:19
Ciao Eleu, great macro of fantastic butterfly on beautiful flower, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
photoray (13719) 2014-05-07 17:13
Fine view of the Monarch on the hibiscus flower. And I am surprised to learn the Bellagio Conservatory has butterflies inside. Certainly adds to the attraction.
Thanks for sharing,
fabbs99 (16819) 2014-05-07 21:52
Superb shot of the butterfly with great clarity and colors.Very well done.TFS.
lousat (83602) 2014-05-08 4:19
Hi Eleu,great gift to the butterflies fans like me,a magnificent couple of monarchs in a beautiful hibiscus flower,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (17018) 2014-05-08 9:03
Charmin and well composed capture, mix of flower and butterfly contrasting well with the blured background
Very well done, enjoy watching
rychem (29003) 2014-05-08 21:39
Such a nice meeting, two butterflies on an attractive flower, really a beautiful photo of high quality
Didi (59186) 2014-05-10 3:07
Very nice spotlight on the flower and the buterfly
Very good selective setting DOF
Miguel82 (26905) 2014-05-23 10:31
Great close up and view of that monarch butterfly, I'm not a specialist of entomology but I know they're endangered in North america and Mexico because of pesticides and air contamination, all the best, greetings
adores (41686) 2014-06-15 18:21
It's a very beautiful shot, not just because of the flower and butterfly, but also because of the sunlight reflecting on it. The dark background makes it stand out so well.