A male marbled white butterfly basking in some rare July sunshine at Prestbury Hill nature reserve near Cheltenham, taken this lunchtime when I managed to get out with the camera for a couple of hours in between the showers. The sun was very hot for about an hour and the limestone grassland suddenly came to life with a large number of butterflies, moths and bumblebees suddenly appearing to collect nectar and pollen. I saw a good number of marbled whites, dark green fritillaries, ringlets, meadow browns, small heaths and large skippers, as well as one red admiral, a few common blues and numerous chimney sweep moths, burnet moths and various grass moths. This was the first marbled white I'd seen this year and had obviously only recently emerged as it looked very fresh.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 600D |
|Lens:||70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 626.8 - 2686.2 mm) |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||10 Jul 2012 - 12:38 PM|
|Exposure Mode:||Not Defined|