Two pictures of a small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), a colourful Eurasian butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. I took these pictures today on the “PEN island” outside Amsterdam.
Week 34 already! Here’s a Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) basking in the sun, we’re enjoying sunny summer days here in Amsterdam this week 🙂
Its face look a bit comical seen from the front.. Little Muppet!
Two butterflies, photographed during a walk today. Unfortunately I didn’t have my Raynox lens with me so these were shot with PS SX60 only.
(1) Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and a bee
(2) Small white (Pieris rapae)
I’m just back from a short visit to Taipei, Taiwan. Here are some butterfly shots I took there, using Fujifilm X100S & Raynox DCR-150.
(1) Mangrove Tree Nymph (Idea leuconoe chersonesia), a.k.a. Paper Kite, Rice Paper, or Large Tree Nymph
(2) Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris)
(3) Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus), a.k.a. African or Asian Monarch
(1) Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga)
(2) Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)
First week of October, but I still found some small bugs to photograph- A crane fly, a dragonfly, a butterfly 🙂
I found a pretty little Geranium Argus (Eumedonia eumedon) in a park here in Amsterdam. Here are two pictures taken from different angles:
Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli) is native of South Africa but it has introduced (deliberately or accidentally) to Mediterranean Europe where it has spread as a pest of cultivated Pelargonium geraniums (which also originate in South Africa).
Anyway, a pretty little butterfly that I photographed in Sardinia.
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.
(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.
(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!).
PS. I’ll be traveling in Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) the next coming weeks, so no posts here in a while. Arrivederci!
Some close up shots taken with a Raynox conversion lens attached to the SX60