Roy Mangersnes - Jungle butterfly


I have spent some tim win Bolivia and really enjoy the diversity of this under-exposed country. I have worked at altitudes above 5000 meters in the Andean mountains, and in dense jungles. The Madidi Mosaic is one of the most bio-diverse places on our planet. I chased wild pigs, jaguars and monkeys. I saw hundreds of bird species and bugs – lots of bugs. On of my favorite species to see was the large Owl butterfly. It was like a shimmering blue silk scarf floating over the dark forest floor, crossing river beds and disappearing as quickly as it came.

Location: Madidi, Bolivia

Tags: Bolivia, Madidi, roy mangersnes

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  1. Olivier ESNAULT said:

    02/04/2012 11:26

    incredible !!!

  2. Bruno said:

    02/04/2012 21:05

    Roy, I have been in the rain forest and have been trying to chase butterflies along streams, so I got to learn how hard it is. This is a fabulous image, both for its beauty and difficulties. Hat off!
    P.S. I'd love to hear more details about it...

  3. Margi Todors said:

    02/04/2012 23:40

    Absolutely amazing!

  4. Ove Bergersen said:

    02/04/2012 23:54

    Tropisk sommerfugl (Morpho peleides) fantastisk fanga Roy

  5. Jaak P├Áder said:

    03/04/2012 21:39

    This is a goddamn awesome shot of a butterfly, Roy.

  6. Roy said:

    05/04/2012 20:01

    Thanks you guys, glad you like it.

    Bruno; It seemed these large butterflies found minerals on this dried up river bed and there were three or four of them hanging around. They were sitting on the rocks "licking". I approached them slowly with my camera on manual focus as close as possible (as with your amazing mamba encounter!). When they moved I fired a few shots. A couple of them came out quite nicely. This was the best one.

  7. Thorstein Kleppe Berg said:

    05/04/2012 22:52

    Fantastisk fanga. Knall skudd!

  8. BushcrafterCZ said:

    09/04/2012 18:10

    just beautiful...