Saturday, July 02, 2011

Proboscis

A Fritillary displays its Proboscis curled moments after landing on a thistle.

The butterflies proboscis is the flexible specialized mouth part that allows it to sip nectar from deep within a flower.


As the butterfly prepares to feed it begins to extend the proboscis.  Note the loosening curls.

Now fully extended the proboscis is moving to rapidly for my shutter to freeze its movement as the butterfly probes for nectar.

Images posted above were taken with a Canon 60D, 100-400mm lens and 25mm extension tube


8 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are excellent captures of the little details.

Montanagirl said...

Fantastic! Love the colors.

Lois Evensen said...

Very nice from a great angle.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful images, Coy! The Fritillary is a pretty butterfly.

Chris said...

wow that second shot is fantastic!!! But to be honest I love the whole collection ;-)

Tom said...

Excellent pictures as always Coy... I dropped by to say I hope your 4th of July goes with a bang. ;o)

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's definitely moth season! We saw a huge one at the beach.

Meggie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a proboscis so clearly. Your photography (and lessons) get better and better.