The wedge shaped damage to the wings of this Yellow Admiral butterfly suggests it narrowly escaped a bird.

Yesterday I had my first opportunity to use my macro lens to photograph a butterfly. Consulting the field guide, I think it could be a Yellow Admiral (Vanessa itea).

Despite its battered state, the butterfly was flying from one plum blossom to the next without trouble. I wanted to take more photographs but just as the butterfly took up the perfect position, the card in my camera filled, so I only ended up with this shot.  Oh well, it’s just the beginning of Spring here, so I’m sure there will be plenty more opportunities to photograph butterflies this year!