Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

The Free Wallpaper this time is of a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly. It was contributed by Steve from Out On The Prairie. I hope to be able to bring you more from Steve, because he does very good work. Leave him a comment, and let him know what you think. Steve takes nature photos exclusively, and he doesn't leave home without his camera.

Let's let Steve tell about this photo in his own words.

"A Gray Hairstreak sits on a Gray-headed Coneflower in a prairie near Lake Red Rock. The butterfly moves its wings so the rear appendage looks like antennae and the spots eyes so a predator would grab there first for a meal so it has a chance to escape. There wouldn't be much of a meal, they are about the size of a thumbnail."

Here's how you download this free wallpaper:
  1. Click on the photo above to be taken to the download page, where you will then see the photo in its actual size. 
  2. From there, just right click on the photo to bring up the menu with your choices.
  3. Select Save Image As or Save Picture As to save the wallpaper to your computer.
  4. Come back here and leave the contributor of the photo a polite thank you.

If you would like to see more of Steve's photos, and his excellent stories, you can find them at his blog, Out On The Prairie, and even more of his photos on his Flickr site. He writes fiction that is based on the lives of his family and friends. He interviewed them to get the essence of their experiences with nature and life on the prairie.

Steve's Blog - Out On The Prairie
Steve's Flickr Site - Iowa State Parks

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  1. Love all of Steve's photos. He gets some really amazing shots.

  2. This picture shows great detail of the pretty little butterfly!

  3. My best capture this week was a eastern tailed blue, even smaller than this one( See it in my post Flying Flowers).Went back to this area today, but saw mostly 2 species.Thanks for the great input ladies!


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