Spring Azure Butterfly, Sourland Mountain Range, Hopewell, New Jersey

One of many images I captured during a nature hike in the Sourland Mountain Range. I had decided to bring my Kenko extension tubes and shoot macro. This was my first time using the extension tubes with my AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8. I tried to capture most of my images at f/8. To help with lighting I attached my Nikon SB-600 flash unit.

According to the North American Butterfly Club, the Spring Azure butterfly is a New Jersey native and is “complicated”.

All it takes for a spirited argument are 2 taxonomists and 1 azure. Various researchers recognise many species in the “Spring Azure Complex,” including ‘Summer’ Azure, ‘Northern’ (aka ‘Blueberry’) Azure, ‘Cherry Gall’ Azure, and ‘Holly’ (aka ‘Atlantic,’ ‘Atlantic Holly,’ or ‘Pine Barrens’) Azure.

This specimen is female and was photographed in Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

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