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- Taken by
- Gene Cooper
- Explore score
- 2.32 Gigapixels
- Date added
- August 24, 2009
- Date taken
- August 23, 2009
This photograph was constructed from 7,500 individual photographs using a new prototype macro photography robotic system. The technology combines focus stacking, stitching, and a robotic photo rig to create each gigapixel macro photograph. We look forward to developing collaborations and partnerships that will help us put the technology into the hands of the public and welcome your suggestions, comments, and feedback. Learn more about the technology at www.gigamacro.com /
The buttefly collection image presented here is a test image for a larger image which encompases about 12 butterflies in all. What is shown here represents about 1/5 of the total image.
The most recognizable butterfly presented here is of course the Monarch.
The Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3½–4 in).(The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hindwing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released.
Special thanks to Rich at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA.
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