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05-DEC-2005 2005 Gary Robertshaw


Pismo Beach, California

This did appear to be some sort of disagreement. I've never seen two butterflies fighting;
maybe they got in somebody's leftover beer.
Oddly enough, they were away from the bunches, I guess they decided to "take it outside" 8^)
Some thought this might be a butterfly lovemaking ritual, which is a logical thought,
but the battle went on a long time and looked more like a barroom brawl.
The migratory generation of monarchs supposedly doesn't breed until spring, as the larvae would starve.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
1/250s f/4.0 at 88.8mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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Pam Brake06-Dec-2005 15:04
Wow shot! Love the description too.
Ian Morehouse06-Dec-2005 05:57
Maybe it was a love spat. Excellent shot, they were obviously too busy to worry about you.
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