What fascinates me about butterflies are their colors; bright attractive colors or dark camouflage colors; drab on the underside and colorful on the upperside; and males sometimes different (very different) from females. They often start out as dark slug-like caterpillars and become beautiful ... butterflies. Probably why the metaphor.
Some don’t ever seem to want to land. Some close their wings at rest, some wide open. Some close their wings for an hour (or more) making a photographer have to wait patiently or give up. Occasionally, one will sit on your pant leg, shoulder, or head. Sometimes you search and can't find them. Sometimes you have to be careful not to step on them there are so many.
Some butterflies are common throughout much of the world. In fact, some visit your backyard frequently. Yet, others are only found in one small spot in the entire world.
I am also intrigued by their names: swallowtails and parnassians; sulphurs; haristreaks, metalmarks, longwings, fritillaries, brushfoots, skippers, heliconians, and buckeyes ....
Since butterflies often feed from flowers you not only get wonderful color from the butterfly but from the flower as well. And, unlike birds, butterflies don't seem to mind your photographing them. In fact, sometimes you can get very close. It is truly a heaven for photographers.
The butterflies are shown in alphabetical order by common name. And, it is a "slideshow."
Insects can be "pests" but they can also be quite beautiful too. According to the Smithsonian, there are over 80,000 insect species in the United States and Canada; over 900,000 in the world. There are photographers who specialize in photographing insects. Their collections are much, much larger and their photos much better (macro lenses and dual lighting configurations. With those things in mind, here are a few insect (other than Butterfly) photos I have taken.