Friday, January 22, 2010

"Pretty Butterfly" - Photo of the Day - January 22nd, 2010

Pretty Butterfly - Photo of the Day - January 22nd, 2010
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"Pretty Butterfly"

A Lustrous copper butterfly (Lycaena cuprea var. snowi) alights among a group of Lindley’s or Fringed American aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum) flowers.

Captured at Head-Smashed-In buffalo Jump Provincial Park, in Alberta, Canada.
Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi, using a 55-250mm lens.

Lustrous copper:
The Canadian populations are subspecies snowi, with a brassy-copper upperside and a darker grey underside. ...
The Lustrous Copper is a butterfly of western mountain ranges in North America. It is found in several ranges in southern British Columbia, including the Kootenays and Selkirks, and also in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia as far north as Caribou Pass.
Source: The Butterflies of Canada by Ross A. Layberry, Peter W. Hall, and J. Donald Lafontaine. University of Toronto Press; 1998

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