Skipper Butterfly, San Diego, California, USA by Cindy Croissant

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Due to the pandemic, the vast majority of my photography from the past year has been the animals that visit my backyard. I mainly photograph the birds as they are the most abundant subjects, but we are visited by the occasional butterfly, dragonfly, and preying mantis. We also have lizards, snails and spiders if you want to spend some time looking for them. My default lens is my 100-400mm telephoto but I always keep my 100mm macro close by. I was photographing the birds one Saturday in August when I saw this little Skipper Butterfly land on the leaf of one of my roses. I wasn’t sure if he would let me get close enough to use my macro lens, but as I very slowly approached him, he decided to stay put. I was able to move around and get him in the sunlight before he decided to check out some of the other plants in my yard, then eventually move on.

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