Macro Monday: the zebra longwing and the tiger longwing butterflies

Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I recently visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly jungle, which is always a fun event as you hope that butterflies will land directly on you. One of my kids was lucky enough to have that happen to him, as a blue morpho landed right on top of his head. We also managed to get a zebra longwing butterfly on our fingers as we passed it around from one person to the other.

Here are a few close-ups of two butterflies out of the many we saw. The others wouldn’t sit still for a picture. Even then the photos I took are a bit blurry, probably because I couldn’t stand still myself. The first is a tiger longwing butterfly, with black and white stripes on top of its wings, and black and orange stripes underneath.

Tiger longwing butterfly
Tiger longwing butterfly

The second is the zebra longwing butterfly, first with its black and white striped wings spread out wide open, and next with its wings closed, so you can see a few red dots underneath the wings. It was a fun experience for sure. Well, if you like butterflies.

Zebra longwing butterfly with striped wings
Zebra longwing butterfly with striped wings

 

Zebra longwing butterfly with red dots underneath its wings
Zebra longwing butterfly with red dots underneath its wings

 

A Word A Week Challenge – Face

Today I’m participating in the A Word A Week Challenge. This week’s theme is “face”.  I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Nature can display faces in so many ways and places. There’s the cute face of the mama panda bear.

A word a week - face of a giant panda bear
A word a week – face of a giant panda bear

The big bug-eyed face of the orange dragonfly.

A word a week - face - orange dragonfly with big eyes
A word a week – face – orange dragonfly with big eyes

There’s the face of the tiger longwing butterfly (Heliconius hecale) with his rolled-up proboscis.

A word a week - face with proboscis of a tiger longwing butterfly
A word a week – face with proboscis of a tiger longwing butterfly

There are the faces of two brother grizzly bears enjoying some intimate moment.

A word a week - faces of two brother bears
A word a week – faces of two brother bears

There are the faces of animals carved in the wood on purpose.

A word a week - faces of animals carved in wood
A word a week – faces of animals carved in wood

And the face of a woman that Mother Nature drew in this tree trunk for us to notice.

A word a week - face of woman in tree trunk
A word a week – face of woman in tree trunk

Mother Nature also likes to use rocks to make faces.

A word a week - face of man in a large rock
A word a week – face of man in a large rock

These hidden faces of a man and a dog (profile angle) are some of my favorite faces to spot in nature. Can you see them?

A word a week - face of man and his dog in rock cliff
A word a week – face of man and his dog in rock cliff

And finally even the sky can show you faces, like this smiley face in the clouds!

A word a week - smiley face in the clouds
A word a week – smiley face in the clouds

Butterflies: Tiger longwing (Heliconius hecale)

This is the last post of my series on butterflies. The other butterflies I photographed recently are the orange julia, the paper kite butterfly, the giant owl butterfly, and the postman butterfly.

The tiger longwing butterfly is quite pretty and from the photos I could find on the internet, the patterns on its wings can vary a bit from one butterfly to the other. Even though the colors are overall the same on the inside and outside of the wings, the amount of orange and white featured on each butterfly can change.

I like the butterfly I managed to capture because it really looks like tiger stripes on its wings. The colorful background is a nice to the frame. What’s your favorite butterfly out of the whole series?

Tiger longwing butterfly (Heliconius hecale)
Tiger longwing butterfly (Heliconius hecale)