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.

068/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Todays image, 068, is of another Marbled White but from a slightly different viewpoint…. looking straight down… ūüėČ
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.

First butterfly of the year!

For those waiting for spring, I can promise¬†it’s only just around the corner.¬† Walking through the Priory churchyard in Great Malvern on Tuesday 8th, I saw something flutter onto one of the gravestones.¬† On closer inspection it turned out to be a Red Admiral butterfly, catching all of the suns rays it could,¬†awoken from¬†its¬†deep slumber over the winter.¬†¬† A brilliant sight to see and one that reminds me how wonderful spring is!¬†I can”t remember the earliest butterflyI’ve seen but¬†it would be interesting to find out your records?¬† Whats the earliest you’ve seen a butterfly this year? Answers on a postcard please….¬†
There are so many glimpses into spring at this time of year.¬† Main¬†clues are the snowdrops and crocusses¬†brightening up roadside verges and lanes and the buds on the trees tightly wrapped¬†waiting to explode in to a vibrance of colour.¬† The abundance of bird song is another sign with the local robins, dunnocks, and blackbirds singing their hearts out and also with the display flight¬†of¬†blue tits¬†parachuting from each tree with their wings completely outstretched out hoping to impress the females.¬†¬†Keep an eye out for your local species and you’ll be surprised at how much is going on to get ready for the breeding season.
Below is an image of a Red Admiral taken from September last year.
Red Admiral butterfly resting on stone wall