I’m relieved to finally get my butterfly season off the mark with a Brimstone and a Peacock today. I feel I’ve been letting the side down!
Brimstone Butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni
Comma, Polygonia c-album. Sony DSC-HX20V f4.5 14.8mm 1/160 ISO 100
Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/90 ISO 200
I hadn’t anticipated scraping the photographic barrel this early in the year, but a combination of Life and The Weather means I am. Consequently, expect to be subjected to my Greatest Hits album for a while, either until the weather improves or Life goes away and stops bothering me. These are shots from the summer that slipped through the net somehow and never got published.
Peacock, Aglais io. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f8 300mm 1/125 ISO 200
At a time when so many butterflies are looking tatty and tired, it’s good to see spanking fresh Speckled Woods, which can have up to three generations per year, emerging. This is a butterfly that I tend to associate with the arrival of spring, but they are even more welcome at this dog-eared end of the season.
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria. Nikon D5200 Tamron 17-50mm f8 50mm 1/250 ISO 200
It is to my lasting shame and embarrassment that it has taken me so long to get to Bedford Purlieus. Fabulous.
It’s enough to turn a chap’s head – although based on the shape of the abdomen, I think this Lady is a bloke?
Interesting Painted Lady fact: This is the only butterfly species ever to have been recorded in Iceland.
Nothing unusual, but I rather like this shot.
Female Anthocharis cardamines at Merry’s Meadows. I was cock-a-hoop when I took this shot and even though I’ve seen the identical subject from so many other people since, this is still one of my favourites of the year so far. I’m going to get a shot on that bloody calendar next year if it kills me 🙂
Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f22 1/30 ISO 400