Butterflies ... and a few moths

Photographing butterflies is akin to photographing birds only harder because they're smaller and tend to flit and flutter more. That said, occasionally I've been fortunate enough to capture a few of these fluttery critters while they were still for a few seconds. Of course, once I have the photo, I'm then obsessed with identifying the type of butterfly. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Butterflies seems to do a pretty good job of including most butterflies we've encountered though it's sometimes a tedious process. There are several local websites that help as well. By the way, if you notice an error, please let me know so I can correct it. I'm definitely a novice at this. I've posted even the ones we can't identify with the location where they were photographed. (Thanks to Tim in Wisconsin for helping identify some of these!)  

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