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The Beauty of over-Winter-ing

Just a small joke for lepidopterists.

Spring is here and the red admirals that have successfully over-wintered were out showing in the sun. And in not bad condition.

A marvelous day today. Several Brimstones, a couple of small tortoiseshells and a peacock. But I was most attracted to this Red Admiral having a lengthy drink in a very stagnant looking ditch in Salcey Forest. In the end I persuaded him to a more scenic pose but I prefer the down and dirty shots!







Couldn't get a Brimstone to sit still but maybe Andy will have taken one...

An uplifting sight to see small torts. This year just has to get better now.

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Re: The Beauty of over-Winter-ing

No such luck Peter

But I did see this back on 27th of Jan.




But what a lovely day.Spring has really sprung.The wife even cut the grass while I was out walking

Lets hope for some more butterflies (and moths)and not just the late surge of Commas like last year.
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The wife even cut the grass while I was out walking
How do you manage that!
Mine won't even wash the car!
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Re: The Beauty of over-Winter-ing

Very nice Peter - I particularly like the second one.

Haven't seen any flutterbies yet, but there is a definite increase in small flies and the occaisional bumble-bee.

I take it this was with the Sigma 105 and ec1.4.

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Very nice Peter - I particularly like the second one.

Haven't seen any flutterbies yet, but there is a definite increase in small flies and the occaisional bumble-bee.

I take it this was with the Sigma 105 and ec1.4.

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Nick, thank you.

Yes these were all with the sigma and 1.4 TC but I also had a number taken with the 135-400 and TC which shows itself as a not too bad emergency butterfly lens.

I also noticed the flies and a few bumble bees. But most amazing was the level of birdsong. They were happy too.

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But I did see this back on 27th of Jan.




Lets hope for some more butterflies (and moths)and not just the late surge of Commas like last year.
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Nice shot. I hope your one had the sense to get another sleep in February!

I have a long list of hoped for butterflies this year. Including a trip to the Pyrenees for some very exotic possibilities like Apollo. But I hope some of my British favourites start to come back in numbers.

Maybe we should start an insect thread and try and run it through the year?

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Yes these were all with the sigma and 1.4 TC but I also had a number taken with the 135-400 and TC which shows itself as a not too bad emergency butterfly lens.
i have uploaded this one using the 135-400 and 1.4 tc with an effective focal length of over 780mm handheld. It must have been around the closest focus point and it enabled me to secure a few before swapping lenses and clambering through the brambles...

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