Friday, September 25, 2015

Corralitas Drive: Marine Blue

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 15, 2015.  It is so hard to catch a clear shot of Marine Blue Butterflies when their wings are open and miraculously showing off their blue.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Marine Blues are the most common tiny blue butterfly in Los Angeles.  This one was either spectacularly blue, or the light was perfect, reflecting brilliantly off its wings.  I'd never seen one quite so blue.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 15, 2015.  They are so tiny, you can't see the detail easily in person.  (Shoot photos first; ID species later.)  In these photos, the butterfly is standing on a 1/4" diameter peppercorn from a Peruvian Pepper Tree.  This is the far more typical shot of the Marine Blue I have taken, time and time again.