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Butterfly pictures

Marbled White Marbled White, M40 Compensation Area, Oxon

25 June 2016

Poor weather so no sign of any Black Hairstreaks which were the main object of this visit.

This Marbled White was quite settled in the cool, damp conditions.

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Orange Tip Orange Tip, Barton Pool near Abingdon, Oxon

28 May 2016

Canon EOS 7D mkII & EF 180mm f3.5 macro

Right in front of me by the path while on a dragonfly hunt. See also below.
Orange Tips Orange Tip, Barton Pool near Abingdon, Oxon

28 May 2016

Canon EOS 7D mkII & EF 180mm f3.5 macro

This is an unusual shot! The male is actually in flight and appeared to be trying to mate with the female below right but its aim was a bit off and it ended up settling next to her!
Swallowtail Swallowtail, Strumpshaw Fen RSPB, Norfolk.

21 June 2014

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

My main aim on this trip was to find Norfolk Hawkers but this was a very nice find as well! Conveniently close to the visitor centre.
Swallowtail Swallowtail, Strumpshaw Fen RSPB, Norfolk.

21 June 2014

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

See above. Another view of this great butterfly!
Clouded Yellow Clouded Yellow, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

31 August 2013

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

A closer pic than that at Titchfield Haven but this was a rather worn specimen and settled on an unsightly piece of yellow plastic!
Brimstone Brimstone, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

31 August 2013

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

Presumably one from a second brood.
Chalkhill Blue Chalkhill Blue, Juniper Valley, Oxon

26 August 2013

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Note the slightly different pattern of spots from the Common Blue below. Unfortunately it was keeping its more impressive upper view to itself!

Also a remarkable number of Clouded Yellows - probably at least 20!
Tortoiseshell Small Tortoiseshell, Wantage, Oxon.

25 August 2013

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Great to see so many today on the buddleia.
Brown Hairstreak Brown Hairstreak, Otmoor.

24 August 2013

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

Along the Roman Road where several have been seen recently. Thanks to the couple who alerted me to this pristine female and then held a branch down to allow me to take this shot.
 
Brown Hairstreak Brown Hairstreak, Otmoor.

 24 August 2013

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

The view from above, which I believe is more difficult to secure, required a change of lens.

Unfortunately I couldn't get right over the top of it, so the rear of the wings isn't in focus.
Common Blue Common Blue, Crog Down, Oxon.

18 August 2013

A Panasonic TZ30 pic of this common species.
Common Blue Common Blue, Crog Down, Oxon.

18 August 2013

Panasonic TZ30

The view from above.
Clouded Yellow Clouded Yellow, Titchfield Haven, Hants.


15 August 2013

A distant photo of this migrant taken from one of the hides. I've usually only seen this species dashing across fields in the past, but this one was happily feeding for some time.

Just about the highlight of a rather disappointing visit to the reserve - the water levels were too high on the lagoons, so hardly any birds were present.
Comma
Comma, Otmoor, Oxon.

29 September 2012

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f4 DO with x1.4TC

Almost "glowing" in the early autumn sunshine

Purple Emperor Purple Emperor, Bernwood Forest, Oxon.

21 July 2012

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

I found it impossible to find an angle from the back where both wings showed purple. So I had to settle for this one-sided shot.

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Purple Emperor
Purple Emperor, Bernwood Forest, Oxon.

21 July 2012

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6

Feeding on a dog turd with its wings closed, which was its normal state.

Six Spot Burnet moth, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

23 July 2011

I quite like the symmetry of this photo.

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Speckled Wood, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

23 July 2011

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Loch Bad an Sgalaig, nr Gairloch, Highland.

15 July 2011

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Purple Emperor Purple Emperor, Bernwood Forest, Oxon.

3 July 2011

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Purple Emperor, Bernwood Forest, Oxon.

3 July 2011

Canon EOS 7D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

As open I could get the wings in the overcast conditions. Not a hint of purple in this shot!

Silver Washed Fritillary, Bernwood Forest, Oxon.

3 July 2011

Canon EOS 7D & EF 400mm f5.6 (with extension tubes)

Painted Lady, Otmoor, Oxon.

23 May 2009

Canon EOS 350D & EF 100mm f2.8 macro

Comma, Downs, Berks.

28 September 2008

Canon EOS 350D & EF 400mm f5.6 (without extension tubes or tripod)

Guatemalan Cracker, Santa Ana, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA.

11 November 2007

A rare, accidental species for Texas. For more info on this trip, click here.

Canon EOS 350D & EF 400mm f5.6

Giant Swallowtail, Santa Ana, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA.

11 November 2007

Unlike the above, a common species but more difficult to photograph, as it was never still. For more info on this trip, click here.

Canon EOS 350D & EF 400mm f5.6

Large Skipper, Kintbury, Berks.

8 July 2006

Taken on a dragonfly quest

Nikon CP 4500

Adonis Blue Butterfly

Ballard Down, Dorset

4 September, 2005

My first sighting of this brilliant blue beauty!

Nikon CP 4500

Six Spot Burnet, Seven Barrows, Berks.

2 July 2005

OK it's not a butterfly, but daytime moths are close enough to count, surely?

Nikon CP 4500

Probable Essex Skipper Seven Barrows, Oxon.

17 July 2004

With the Nikon CP 995.

Red Admiral, Home, Oxon.

August 2003

With my first digital camera using the macro setting - the Nikon CP 995.


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