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Three butterflies – beautiful and fun to photograph πŸ™‚

(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)Β  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!

34 responses

  1. BEAUTIFUL shots!! WOW!!! ❀

    August 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM

  2. These are so lovely. The Peacock shot is beautiful!

    August 23, 2015 at 4:10 PM

  3. Great shots!
    I was on a bicycle, yesterday, and (some distance from home) saw some nice butterflies feeding upon fallen apples under an apple tree. I went home to get my camera, peddled back to the apple tree, but the butterflies had gone.

    August 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    • Thanks Tom! Always bring your camera, you never know what you might find. πŸ˜‰

      September 13, 2015 at 3:49 PM

  4. These are fantastic

    August 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM

  5. Very nice! Your images just keep getting better and better πŸ™‚

    August 23, 2015 at 10:03 PM

  6. Absolutely spectacular; all three shots are just stunning.

    August 24, 2015 at 3:25 AM

  7. amazing shots!

    August 24, 2015 at 3:41 AM

  8. Wonderful close-up shots, Camilla. The detail is amazing. Were you using your new Raynox diopter lens attachment?

    August 24, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    • Thanks Mike! πŸ™‚ Yes, I used the DCR-150 in all shots.

      September 13, 2015 at 3:52 PM

  9. Beautiful photographs as always Camilla! Have a fabulous holiday and enjoy your travels!

    August 24, 2015 at 12:21 PM

  10. Beautiful! Have a fabulous trip!

    August 24, 2015 at 3:31 PM

  11. Brilliant images! I love the white cabbage image best in this series. Bon voyage!

    August 26, 2015 at 5:37 PM

  12. The first one is amazing for the contrast between the top and bottom – I’m glad you have this angle because it really points to that doubleness. There’s a certain spunk to its posture, too. Cabbage whites – the most common butterfly here, and maybe across America – you made it look so pretty! I was lucky enough to get a few good butterfly photos lately. Always a challenge! Nothing like trying to predict their flight, right? I like your method with the Cabbage White.

    August 28, 2015 at 2:02 AM

    • Thanks Lynn! πŸ™‚ It still amazes me how the looks of butterflies change depending on the position, most of them look completely different if you see them from above or from the side e.g..

      September 13, 2015 at 3:57 PM

  13. Love pictures of butterflies, these are absolutely stunning!! πŸ™‚

    August 28, 2015 at 7:57 PM

  14. Beautiful photography as always, Calee. Love and blessings β™₯

    August 30, 2015 at 7:33 PM

  15. Beautiful!

    September 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

  16. These are all so lovely.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    September 30, 2015 at 2:17 AM

  17. Hope you enjoyed your travels. Great butterflies. I’m jealous… I wish my butterfly pics got as many likes!! πŸ˜‰

    November 30, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    • Thank you! I saw some (for me) new butterflies during vacation, always nice. πŸ™‚

      December 3, 2015 at 7:21 PM

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