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Three butterflies – beautiful and fun to photograph :)

1 – European Peacock butterfly (Aglais io), completely dark seen from the side but with a fantastic pattern and fake eyes its dosal side. It’s often mentioned in research where the role of eye-spots as an anti-predator mechanism has been investigated. I wanted to get a shot from above, to show the whole pattern, but he didn’t want to cooperate so a shot from the side it is then. Note: This one shouldn’t be confused with the American Peacock (Anartia), they’re not closely related.

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2 –  Small White butterfly (Pieris rapae), a.k.a. Small Cabbage White because the caterpillar is a serious pest to cabbage and other mustard family crops. Of all the butterflies I’ve photographed so far, this is the most difficult one because it kept on moving around all the time. In the end I focused on an empty spot and just hoped it would land there; it did, I got one quick click and then it was gone again.

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3 – Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria), same species as in my previous post. It’s often seen perched on a leaf in pools of sunlight, as they feed on aphid honeydew they’re rarely seen on flowers. Perhaps not the most spectacular looking of butterflies, but easy to find and often cooperative with the photographer (plus points for that!).

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PS. I’ll be traveling in Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) the next coming weeks, so no posts here in a while. Arrivederci!

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Some close up shots taken with a Raynox conversion lens attached to the SX60

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A very cooperative Grasshopper

Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

Teeny tiny jumping spider

Teeny tiny jumping spider, so small I didn’t even see what it was with my naked eye

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I thought Herons only ate fish, but after studying them I realized that they eat pretty much anything. “If you can swallow it, it’s edible”, seems to be their reasoning.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

This little Coot is just around one week old. Since the picture was taken today, I’m guessing it’s from the second or perhaps even third litter this year.

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

A Song Thrush landed only a few meters away from me, and at the same time very loud “wailing” from a nearby tree started. Chicks begging for food! I had to walk away to make sure I didn’t disturb them, in worst case that could lead to the parents not daring to visit the nest and the chicks starving to death.

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

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Some photos I took this afternoon :) I was especially thrilled to find the beautiful moth!

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7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)

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Not sure that kind of spider this is?

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Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva)

Wood Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina)

Wood Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina)

And: caleephotography is 3 years old! :D

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit!

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This is my 300th blog post! It’s no secret I prefer to take pictures of birds and flowers, but every once in a while it’s nice to try something different-

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A Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), photographed in Lanzarote

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A male Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), photographed in wetlands outside Amsterdam yesterday

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Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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A Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), photographed outside St Petersburg, Russia a few weeks ago

It got its scientific name “rudibundus” which means “laughing” even though its cry doesn’t sound like laughing. The background story to the name is that when Linné named it, he used information from Ornithologia (written by Brisson in 1760) because the Black-headed gull didn’t breed in Sweden at the time so Linné wasn’t very familiar with it. In Ornithologia, Brisson described the Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and the Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) as sub-species of the same art (Gavis ridibunda). Unlike the Black-headed gull though, the Laughing gull’s cry does sound like laughing- despite missing “rudibundus” in its scientific name.

If you only get a quick look at one of these gulls and want to know which one you saw, it might help you to know that the Black-headed Gull lives in Europe and Asia and the Laughing Gull in North and South America.

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