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The eyes of butterflies are large spherical structures. These are compound eyes consisting of thousands of hexagonal shaped omatidea. Each omatidea, or miniscule sensor, is directed at a slightly different angle from the others. Collectively they are directed in every direction -- up, down, forwards, backwards, left and right. Because of this, butterflies are able to see in virtually every direction simultaneously.

There is a price to pay for having an exceedingly small brain and omnivision. Butterflies cannot focus their vision as what they see is at best a blur. Furthermore, they are sensitive to only the three most basic features of vision which would be light, colour and motion. Butterflies can distinguish night from day. They might distinguish colour along a very narrow band of the light spectrum. Hence a butterfly might see and feed from the nectar of a purple flower but be oblivious to the red flower nearby. Butterflies are also sensitive to movement. When you try to sneak up to photograph a butterfly it won't think, "Here comes Danny boy again". It would however be aware that something big out there is moving, getting closer and it's time to fly.

February 19, 2009
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Feb 19, 2009 12:08:51 pm
Very beautiful macro shot, love butterflys....excellent done.

by adrie Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:10:20 pm
very beautiful butterflies!!!! Fantastic photo!!!!!

by flora-crassella Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:18:35 pm
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by eldana07 Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:20:10 pm
Cool info. I have found that very slow works (sometimes). Nice capture. ;-)

by Flannelman Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:23:56 pm
lovely capture. Thanks for the information too !

by virginiese Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:26:39 pm
Wonderful image!!!

by lyron Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:38:39 pm
Wonderful colors and fantastic details. Excellent shot and thanks for the informations too.

by Hendesse Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:41:35 pm
superb image.... well worth the zoom.

by timtripp Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 12:53:57 pm
Lovely capture!

by DennisReed Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 1:10:00 pm
very nice shot and you were lucky to get them so close, is that the cowslip that they are on? thanks for the info on them I never knew the had poor sight.

by decie Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 1:15:25 pm
I Love it! Looks like Lantana flowers to me Decie

by schonee Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 1:45:02 pm
Beautiful, Danny, and it must have been difficult to capture two at the same time!
One wonders how the scientists know just for sure how good/poor their vision is!

by CavalierLady Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 1:50:32 pm
Nice little shot Dan, a slight deviation from your norm, but still winged creatures. The full size view is essential for this one i think !

by Octaganoid Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 1:50:59 pm
Splendid composition and colors my friend

by jeroni Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 2:04:10 pm
Beautiful capture...

by lizzibell Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 2:06:08 pm
ravissant !

by marybelgium Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 2:11:42 pm
They can't really see us but we can see them and their delicate beauty. A lovely photo. CC

by romanceworks Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 2:13:20 pm
lovely capture like always my friend 5+

by 3x3 Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 2:15:53 pm
Amazing macro, my friend!!!
Two Beauty butterfly!!!

by carlx Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 2:46:35 pm
Wonderful photograph.

by jaynep12002 Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 3:14:11 pm
what a cool title, and such a wonderful sharp shot with a lot of details.....awesome patterns.....

by vlaaitje Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 3:35:11 pm
I love the way these butterflies are patterned. Perfect capture of this super duo!

by dorothylee Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 3:38:43 pm
A fantastic capture, Danny and a joyful and colourful call to the return of Spring!

by KarmaSong Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 4:44:12 pm
superb Danny!

by Cosme..D..Churruca Homepage »

Feb 19, 2009 5:44:33 pm
Amazing photo of them here Danny, you really captured all the beauty of them at play mixed with the colours of nature

by magnus073 Homepage »


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