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Another very rare butterfly having a good year

This butterfly (the Pearl-bordered fritillary) is another 'rarity'. In the last 25-30 years numbers have declined by about 75% and sites where it can be seen have dropped by about 95% (based on stats from Butterfly Conservation). They say it is now one of our most-threatened species

One place that it is still flying and (based on my recent visit and local reports) actually doing quite well is the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire (

This charming butterfly was a challenge to get close to and was almost constantly on the move. At the site I visited the butterflies were amongst bluebells and bracken which gave me most of the opportunities for nice shots. I saw about 50 butterflies (which shows there is a good number in that colony) and the sun was shining. Which helps enormously in getting good depth of field with lowish ISO.

I used my 40-150 pro with 1.4tc exclusively (and mostly at full stretch). ***Please Olympus make the 2.0tc compatible and available soon*** Or make me a 90-250 f4 with similar close focus ability***. I promise I'll buy it

But on to the pictures....

This butterfly is similar in colour and basic pattern to some of the other fritillaries but it is a delicate and beautiful insect with individual charm.

It was a wonderful trip that I hope to repeat another year. ....if the site remains viable and butterflies survive there.
Peter (Art Frames)

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