Butterfly Interlude

On a recent evening I slipped out of the house to retrieve some paperwork from my vehicle and noticed the movement of bright colors fluttering in a nearby flower bed. Taking a closer look, I saw two very small butterflies that seemed to be engaged in a sort of dance ritual. I dashed inside and grabbed my camera, hoping that they would hang around long enough for me to capture the fun. Quickly squeezing off several handheld shots before the pair split the scene (one landing again on my bare foot), I found that the first couple of images were out of focus. Fortunately, I was able to save the day with a couple of in-focus captures, one of which is shown below.

I assume this is a male and female, as one has distinctively darker markings than the other. Just sayin' :-)

Butterfly Interlude
Butterfly Interlude
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Camera: Nikon D5000Lens: Nikon 18-55mm with  46mm Macro adapter. Processing: Photoshop CS5

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM