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Butterfly - Calycopis cecrops

Butterfly - Calycopis cecrops
Cheraw State Park, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
June 12, 2006
Size: Approx 1"
Never seen this one before.

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Butterfly - Calycopis cecrops Butterfly - Calycopis cecrops

What a gorgeous bug!
I've never seen one before, but a quick check in Brock & Kaufman's Butterflies of North America pretty quickly leads me to Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops. I see there are already 8 photos of this species in the Bugguide.

Red-banded Hairstreak
Wow, thanks for the quick ID.

Stunning photo!
You should move this to the guide. Also the first from S. Carolina.

What camera do you use, Butch? Your photos are always beautiful.

Stunning photo!
Thanks for the kind comments. I use a Fuji S1 Pro, extension tubes and a 105mm macro lens for most bug shots.

Remember some cameras really
Remember some cameras really 'enhance' the colours in a photo so they may be slightly diferent apearence when you go looking in the field. (personaly prefer a more accurate rendering). It takes much more than just the camera to make beautiful shots. Nice and crisp focus to, good job.

Remember some cameras really
True enough about the colors, particularly if flash is used as it was in this shot. I have another shot without flash but didn't want to clog up the works with multiple images. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment.

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