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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

PIPE ABOARD THE ADMIRAL. (21/09/14)

The sun shone yesterday afternoon. I was just considering a siesta when I noticed a butterfly flutter past the van. I wandered down into the garden and there were eight Red Admirals and a Peacock all in mint condition. Almost as many butterflies as I’ve seen all summer.

Before I got round to the Admirals I managed to find a dozy blowfly. I have been trying to get a picture for ages but they aren’t very accommodating.

_MG_3676    Greenbottle Fly. Lucilia sericata. This is a male, his wife is no doubt taking advantage of my absence from the kitchen and busy laying eggs on the pork joint that is waiting to go in the oven.

_MG_3674      This was next to it on the same flower. I got both it’s eyes for once and several pictures of it’s bum as it kept turning away. I think this one is Bombus lucorum.

_MG_3680      Red Admiral. Vanessa atalanta. Below are a few more views. I was concentrating on their tongues; they are unbelievably long.

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_MG_3682      These were shot with the 100mm with varying lengths of extension tubes and some with the MP-E 65mm. I used ring flash as it is the only way to go for me. I have got a flash bracket but it doesn’t get the strobe far enough away from the lens so I get a nasty shadow.

_MG_3668      This is my favourite and as good as I get.

It was a very entertaining afternoon, thank you to all you butterflies for being such good sports.

Have a wonderful week

32 comments:

  1. Hi Adrian what great finds so late in the season. Wonderful close ups. I am just leaving for home from South Africa having spent 6 weeks in Africa so have a lot of catching up on posts to do when I get home. Did you see the Leaf Bee cutter video I posted yesterday? Thought you might be interested. Hope you are well adn the dogs.

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    1. Thanks Margaret.
      Have a safe journey. I'll look at the leaf cutters it's a long time since I've seen one.

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  2. You are really getting acquainted with these I sects aren't you Adrian. Love the transparent wings.

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    1. Carol, I am. It's a pity I can't identify them with any expectation of the ID being correct.

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  3. I don't know what's more fascinating: the amazing details or vibrant colors!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Keith, I have about got as good as I can get.

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  5. Excellent shots Adrian. Butterflies seem to be my nemesis. They always close their wings just before I press the button. We come home with dozens of 'closed and brown' butterfly shots.

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    1. Gary they do and if they don't they turn round so all you get is a back view.

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    2. Lol.....don't they just!

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  6. Awesome photos. If you hadn't pointed out the tongue, I would not have know what it was. These had to pose for you and you took advantage of it.

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    1. Red, yes they were reasonably cooperative .

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  7. Great shots of the butterfly tongue. I have seen so many today, same species but also a tatty Comma, is this a bit late?

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    1. Douglas, I'm not sure. It will be the second brood. Peacocks over-winter as butterflies I'm not sure whether Red Admirals do.

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  8. Wow.. these are wonderful. I can't say that I've ever noticed.. much less photographed a butterfly's tongue before. Amazing captures here.

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    1. Hilary, they are fascinating and not too hard to get at this time of the year. They are limited for food plants so I just sit and wait. I have seen their tongues before but have never thought of making them the subject.

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  9. These are very beautiful macros Adrian :)) Remembering my zoology lessons :))

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  10. Wonderful images Adrian... we've seen lot's of Red A's and Commas in Cheshire today.

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    1. Andrew, it would be good to see the weather hold for a few more weeks. At least two for you.

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  11. Brilliant series. How did you manage to make it stay when you were that close.

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    1. John, they did keep fluttering off. The distance from the front element is about 11/2" to 2". The Peacocks wouldn't tolerate it. I suspect they were desperate for food and there isn't much choice. There were several to choose from so an hour saw a dozen reasonable shots. One good one and the same amount in the bin.

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  12. That is a macro Adian, the feeling of the closeness, excellent photos.

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    1. Bob, possibly the last butterflies of the year so a good swan song from them.

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    1. Frances, it would be interesting to measure it and fond out how long it is in relation to the butterfly.

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  14. Amazing. You really got close and personal with nature.

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    1. Lady L, I was there at the right time as they hadn't long been hatched so were much more trusting.

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