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|A male Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon). In the UK this jewel of a butterfly can be found on chalk and limestone grassland in the southern half of England. It is becoming scarcer mainly due to habitat loss. The caterpillar feeds on Horseshoe Vetch and the butterflies are on the wing July to September.|
I was very pleased to capture this shot. The breezy weather we have experienced recently in the UK has not been conducive to macro photography. On the day I took this it was finally calm enough to visit a site which rarely lets me down with its butterflies. I began my walk just as the first few species were taking to the wing - mainly browns and burnets. I was also lucky to find a total of four adders as I searched for subjects to photograph.
When I saw this Chalkhill Blue there was no mistaking the silvery-blue, sooty-tipped wings - so I quickly (but carefully!) got in close with a 100 mm macro lens while it was feeding on a scabious flower. The resulting shot has been cropped and sharpened.
I saw many other butterflies on the rest of my walk - Dark-green and Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Brimstone, Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Large White, Small White and Clouded Yellow. In some areas, especially the patches of Hemp Agrimony which so many species like to feed on, it was like being in a butterfly house!
You can see a picture of the female taken on the same day here.
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Preciosa composición de esta bella especie que desconocia. Buen trabajo.
Saludos Vinny: Josep Ignasi.
This is a beautiful butterfly, nice shot with good POV and colours.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2009-07-26 6:36]
Beautiful blue, well spread wings of butterfly, good capture. tfs.
Well done! This quite rare butterfly is perfectly presented, with a good composition and sharpness. Thanks for the note too. Best regards,
- [2009-07-26 14:21]
Hi Vinny,not easy to take this little butterfly whit the open wings.And what a great quality,sharpness and colors very very fantastic! My best compliments,a great and professional work,have a nice week,LUCIANO
Missed this one beofre, but I just love the colour. So brilliant and true to life. Excellent macro. Kudos.