American Copper Butterfly, Lycaena pleas

Butterflies have long been a favorite subject of mine; but rarely do I have great success photographing them in their natural habitat. While it is much easier to photograph butterflies in a vivarium, Calverton Ponds Preserve on Long island offers fabulous butterfly photography opportunities and because those little creatures enamor me, I am always prepared with my macro lens and flash setup. This American Copper might be the most common North American species, but I think it is pretty special and 100% natural.