Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly.
 
Most people that go to Bosque del Apache go to photograph the birds, me included. However when you teach a Macro class and one of your students is the Refuge photographer and a biologist, you never know what you will see. We went out to the cactus garden and she spotted several Western Pygmy Blues flying around the flowers. They were concentrated around a few flowers so the class was able to get a few images. The Western Pygmy Blue is one of the smallest butterflies in the World and the smallest in North America. The wingspan is only 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Amazingly beautiful little butterfly!
 
I used the Canon M6 with an adapter to use the Tamron Di lens because I really like using mirrorless for macro work. When I am having to handhold, it makes getting low easy and quick. Photographing little insects like this the ability to move quickly sometimes means getting the image.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon M6 via the adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f5, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster

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