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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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I'm back from France and need to catch up with everything that has been posted whilst I was away. I also have 2000 pictures of my own to post from - including many very unusual and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies.

But instead of starting with France, I went out today to photograph Chalk Hill Blues this morning. It is an exceptional year with hundreds at the site (which is at Ivinghoe). I have included a male and a female. The male was sitting on a Carline Thistle which made it more interesting. The flora at the site was wonderful and has been improved by sheep grazing - which has also benefitted the blues.


Chalk Hill Blue - Polyommatus coridon on Carline Thistle - Carlina vulgaris
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Nice to have you back Peter, I look forward to seeing the pics from your holiday.

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Thanks Dave.

I have seen so many things I have never seen before. In one location I saw all three European gatekeepers (Southern, Spanish and our own Northern version), I have pictures of the Lesser Purple Emperor, Two tailed Pasha amongst several new to me butterflies and dragonflies.

I also saw but could not catch up with a huge Ascalaphid (i need to try and work out what it was as it was 3 times the size!), but I have a number of grasshoppers and insects that did co-operate.

It may take me several months to post them all as I am also trying to assemble a photobook, by August 26th (when my credit runs out) plus do some work and still get out and take new pictures!

Your support is welcomed! Motivation is vital for us all.

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Must have been a short holiday "only" two thousand shots! You will need another holiday for a rest after you edit them, looking forward to your holiday pictures.

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Excellent images. That's an amazing thistle too.

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Must have been a short holiday "only" two thousand shots! You will need another holiday for a rest after you edit them, looking forward to your holiday pictures.

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I used to come back with 3,000 trannies in my film days and a dread of the processing cost.

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Excellent images. That's an amazing thistle too.

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It is one of the best things about the site, the amount of lovely chalk specific plants. this link tells you a bit more about Carline Thistles (info). They look dead but aren't

My friend who was with me and is more local and has visited the site each year for more than 30 years IDs the plants. If only I could remember all of the names. I suspect my brain is already full and stuff doesn't stick anymore!
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Introducing pictures from three visits to one plum tree. This tree was the highlight of my trip. I did not expect to see this in France as it more a butterfly of hot countries. It is the two tailed pasha.

Photographed in a small village in the Aude, Languedoc, France (close to Spain). It was about 35 degrees and I was in full sun. But happy! This is an African butterfly which is present in Spain and just reaches north into the hills in Mediterranean France. The larval foodplant is the Strawberry Tree. The adults are attracted to ripe fruit, wine and animal droppings. I squashed a few plums to bring one down as on my first visit this butterfly was feeding about fifteen feet above the ground.

They are very territorial and impressive to look at and get close to. I did stroke the one that came down to the grass! A super experience.


Two Tailed Pasha - Charaxes jasius
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I believe there were two in the tree alongside a Lesser Purple Emperor. They are a little worn and it isn't easy to get a clear shot through the branches, if I ever see one again I will do better with composition and focus, but with so much excitement and the constant movement I think I did OK.
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This brings back memories. Somewhere in southern Europe, at the edge of a car park in the countryside, these were flitting around some small trees on a hot, sunny day.

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A first for me. Not the Common or Scarce Swallowtail but the Spanish Swallowtail - Iphiclides feisthamelii. Alongside the road at a steep gorge (Gorge De Galamus) in France, Aude. For those with a strong stomach you may like this video of the gorge which is famous for the journey across and for the village cut into the rock...


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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Just to make us all appreciate the butterflies.... here's a wasp?

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Yea been there went to Malawi 12 years ago and came back with 90 worth of film processing to prints. A lot were useless!

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Predicament

This Bryony Ladybird seems to be unable to go up or down. Is it sorting out its knots?

The good news is that, if it is stuck, its lifeline in its normal diet...

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Peter,

Lovely images, with very harmonious backgrounds, especially in the first one.

The video reminds me of driving across the middle of Corsica, with lots of butterflies at a couple of remote places.

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