Butterflies

Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, August 28, 2004.

It rained the night before, and as a result most of the butterflies in the exhibit were fairly stationary with their wings spread, trying to dry out. Made for good photography conditions...

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Monarch

Body spots seem to indicate a Monarch rather than a Viceroy.

Queen

Gulf Fritillary

Spicebush Swallowtail

Missing the right tail...

Giant Swallowtail

Monarch

Some battle damage...

Spicebush Swallowtail

Gulf Fritillary

Queen

Group photo

A couple of Viceroys, a Julia up front and a Queen in the background.

Monarch (Natural)

Taken with natural light, the Monarch's colors are dark and rich.

Monarch (Flash)

Taken with a flash, it reveals the water droplets on the bottom of the leaf and brings out the lighter colors on the wing undersides.

Monarch

Harder to tell, but the spots on the head suggest a Monarch.

Monarch

Common Buckeye

Colorful fellow..

Unknown

Looks like a leaf, but flies a whole lot better...

Monarch

Queen

Some battle damage...

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Not sure, but that's my best guess.

Monarch

Lot of damage, but he seemed to be OK.