This year I submitted some photos of butterflies for the Butterfly Conservation European Interest Group calendar, which is sold to raise money for butterfly conservation in Europe. I didn't have much hope of having any of mine selected because I'm just not a good enough photographer, or using a good enough camera, and all my half decent shots are of quite common species - no thrilling rarities from Hungarian meadows here... Nonetheless, since I've prepped the photos, I thought you would like to see some of them to cheer up a winter's day. They were all photographed around Preuilly.
Violet Fritillaries Clossiana dia fighting amongst Bearded Iris on a sunny bank, April 2010.
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus, July 2010.
Marbled White on Lucerne Medicago sativa, June 2010.
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia on Wild Oregano Origanum vulgare, August 2010.
Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia on Plantain Plantago sp, the larval food plant, May 2010.
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus female, August 2010