How to confuse a photographer

Interesting title, huh?  In this case it was this one little butterfly that threw me entirely for a loop.  When I was sifting through my photos of the butterflies this one caught my eye because of it’s wings; two different colors!  Initially I thought this was some new amazing species but while I looked and looked through all of my resources I could not find one like it.  Frustrated and confused I took a wild stab at just Googling what I was seeing.

What came up was the answer to my confusion.  This is a Myscelia ethusa/ Mexican Bluewing butterfly.  It’s upper side is black with iridescent blue bands with white spots.  The iridescence of it’s wings can cause it to look various shades of blue to even purple depending on how light hits it.  Eureka! Now I had the answer to why it looked this way.  Somehow the light was hitting it’s wings just so resulting in them looking like this.  Problem solved…

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  1. #1 by Timothy Price on February 21, 2017 - 9:33 am

    It’s trying to look like Sia’s hair.

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on February 21, 2017 - 9:50 am

      Minus the big bow on top 🙂

      • #3 by Timothy Price on February 21, 2017 - 10:02 am

        It don’t need no stinking bow! 😉

      • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on February 21, 2017 - 10:10 am

        But Sia wears one. Blue here is fine without it.

  2. #5 by pkphotooftheday on February 21, 2017 - 5:03 pm

    That’s amazing! Nice shot :-).

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