199/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.

199/365 Marbled White

071/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Todays image, 071, is of another Marbled White. This is the side on view of image 068 (here). Its amazing how different the image is.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

070/365 Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Todays image, no 070, is of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in a field of Devil’s Bit Scabious.  Using the sun in front of me as a rim light, I composed this image so the butterfly itself looked like a flower. 

Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae, Worcestershire, September, 2009.
Canon 40D  with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.


069/365 Close up of Comma butterfly

To continue the theme of macro photography with butterflies I thought I would give you a close up shot of a Comma butterfly.  The detail in these species are fabulous and one that you wouldn’t normally see in the field without a high magnification lens. I really like the chequered pattern in its eye.

Comma, Polygonia c-album, Herefordshire, July, 2007,
Canon 20D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

068/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Todays image, 068, is of another Marbled White but from a slightly different viewpoint…. looking straight down… 😉
Click on the image to view it larger to see the detail with the dew drops along the antennaes and legs.

Marbled White butterfly, Melanargia galathea, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

067/365 Buff tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris

With most images taken with a macro lens, you would expect very close up images of the subject. You can use different lenses for different purposes… a telephoto can be used for a landscape lens, a wide angle lens as a macro lens etc.

With todays image, 067, of a Buff tailed Bumblebee, I moved further back from the subject to use my 100mm macro lens as a wide angle or landscape lens to show some of the background.

Buff-tailed Bumble Bee, Bombus terrestris, Worcestershire, June, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

066/365 Seven-spot ladybird on orchid

A bit different from the butterflies in the last few posts, todays image, no 066, is of a ladybird on top of a common spotted orchid. I photographed this image using the same macro technique as the butterflies.
I really like the latin name of this: Coccinella septempunctata. If you split the septempunctata in half you have ‘septem’ meaning seven (which is why september is the 7th month in the roman calendar) and ‘punctata’ just means punctured or spots. Seven spots! Brilliant! This is the same for most ladybirds… 14 spot is quatuordecimpunctata (a mouthful I know!!) and 2 spot being bipunctata.

Seven-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. Herefordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.