Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Wildlife Photographer at Work

Simon photographing a female Adonis Blue butterfly.
Can you see her in the middle foreground?
The grass around the prehistoric monument known as the Chillou du Feuillet is cut short and is full of wild thyme. This is ideal habitat for a number of species of blue butterfly, and the day we visited there were quite a few Adonis Blues Lysandra bellargus (in French le Bel-Argus) present. The males were busy pushing and shoving each other out of the way, and the females were busy laying eggs. They were so occupied it was easy to get up close for photographs.

Here she is, abdomen bent down to deposit an egg on the grass.

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