Tiny Butterfly: Western Pygmy-Blue

Captured on my Saturday morning walk in our nearby wetlands, the western pygmy-blue is one of the smallest butterflies in the world, and the smallest in North America.

I would not have noticed him had I not unintentionally stirred up the branches to see several flutter about. I had to watch closely to see where one would land, then focus carefully. I had my zoom lens, so I was not able to get real close. I think he would have allowed me to snap a macro photo, if I’d had that lens.

He still came out beautifully! I only wish it was easier to show exactly how tiny he is. ๐Ÿ’š


“You can’t force inspiration. It’s like trying to catch a butterfly with a hoop but no net. If you keep your mind open and receptive, though, one day a butterfly will land on your finger.”
~ Chuck Jones

“I want to chase the butterflies.” ~ Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

“The painter wanders and loiters contentedly from place to place, always on the lookout for some brilliant butterfly of a picture which can be caught and carried safely home.”
~ Winston Churchill

“The use of butterflies is to adorn the world and delight the eyes of men, to brighten the countryside, serving like so many golden spangles to decorate the fields.” ~ John Ray

“I do not want [photography] explained to me in terms ofโ€ฆ formulas, learned, but so hopelessly unsatisfying. I do not want my butterfly stuck on a pin and put in a glass case. I want to see the sunlight on its wings as it flits from flower to flower and I don’t care a rap what its Latin name may be.”
~ Jacob August Riis
Jacob Riis is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of flash in photography. (Wikipedia)

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    What amazing tiny miracle of creation! So beautiful.

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    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. It is so beautiful. I love butterflies and always celebrate them when I see them in the garden every day.

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    1. Thank you so much! I was overjoyed to discover him!


  3. lolaWi says:

    what a great capture, Lisa! it is beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! He is such a tiny cute thing!


  4. Amazing details and so tiny, Lisa! Well done!! ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Thank you Donna! My discovery of the day ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. susurrus says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with ‘I do not want my butterfly stuck on a pin and put in a glass case.’ Those collections give me the creeps, although I know a love of nature is what prompts them.

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    1. I’d much rather see them out in nature, then preserve them in a photograph!

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