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This is a Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia, one of Britain's rarest butterflies.

In fact it was the demise of the Large Blues in 1979, that prompted the action to save these wee beauties from extinctionSmile
Well worth suffering a swollen arm (allergic bite reaction), to nail these beautiful butterflies

I am led to believe that they are late in emerging this year, but I was fortunate to find several of them, in the most unlikeliest of placesWink


Many thanks to Anthony (zapar40) for his GEA given to yesterday's young Peregrine and also to Mike (mikesmith), Annette (annettep38) & Luisa (Luda),
for their very generous User awards


Adrian

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Jun 2013 - 9:36 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Heath Fritillary
Username:tomcat tomcat
Uploaded:28 Jun 2013 - 12:19 PM
Tags:Butterflies, East Blean, Heath fritillary, Insects, Kent, Rare, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:71

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ABPhotosUK
ABPhotosUK e2 Member 1ABPhotosUK vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2013 - 12:27 PM

This is wonderful Adrian, you obviously go to great lengths to capture images like this and the results are spectacular. Thank you for sharing this with us, Andy

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brian17302
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28 Jun 2013 - 12:33 PM

Wonderful detailed macro image Adrian

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johnlw
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28 Jun 2013 - 12:33 PM

Very sharp super image.
Regards John.

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2013 - 12:43 PM

Once again a superb image Adrian, beautiful detail and colour.

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annettep38
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28 Jun 2013 - 12:58 PM

Didn't know they were so rare in Britain, we get quite a few here Smile
and yes, it is a beautiful shot Smile

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Caziwinkles
28 Jun 2013 - 1:21 PM

Absolute stunner this image Adrian. Perfect! Smile

Carol

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chalkhillblue
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28 Jun 2013 - 1:41 PM

Beautiful light showing this wonderful little butterfly at it's best, very well captured Arian,
super colour and detail.
David

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Sezz
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28 Jun 2013 - 1:42 PM

You suffered for your art but worth it Adrian, I didn't know that these were so rare either!

Sarah *

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anglingandyq
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28 Jun 2013 - 1:43 PM

Stunning Adrian the detail is fantastic

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RonnieAG
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28 Jun 2013 - 1:50 PM

An excellent capture of this rarity, Ade, and well worth the allergic interludeSmileSmile.
Ronnie.

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Maiwand
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28 Jun 2013 - 1:52 PM

Cracking good shot Adrian.Wonderful detail.GrinGrin
Ron

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CaroleS
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28 Jun 2013 - 2:06 PM

Lovely to see in so much detail, we seem to be seeing fewer of them this year.
Carole

Last Modified By CaroleS at 28 Jun 2013 - 2:07 PM

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9109 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2013 - 2:06 PM

Super image Adrian.
Sharp and well exposed, showing off the colours well.
Hope the butterflies are coming out to play at Prees Heath on Sunday?

Derek

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Badgerfred
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28 Jun 2013 - 2:11 PM

A beauty Adrian,
Fred.

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bricurtis
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28 Jun 2013 - 2:31 PM

Superb capture of wing detail and textures Adrian.
Brian.

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TonyDy
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28 Jun 2013 - 2:50 PM

Cracking shot, Adrian.
Tony

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richmowil
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28 Jun 2013 - 2:52 PM

Sharp, colourful and well composed image! Nice one!!

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CarolG
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28 Jun 2013 - 3:15 PM

A great find and capture, Adrian. 30C, sunny, light breeze, what more could you wish for Wink Carol

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taggart
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28 Jun 2013 - 3:33 PM

This one is a beauty!

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teocali
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28 Jun 2013 - 3:35 PM

Stunning macro work, Adrian - wonderful detail and colours.
Sylvia

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DicksPics
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28 Jun 2013 - 3:46 PM

A great capture, Adrian!
Well composed and presented.

Richard

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Terry L
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28 Jun 2013 - 3:54 PM

Stunning capture Adrian, pleased to see you found a few to make the trip worthwhile.

Terry.

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Alan_Baseley
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28 Jun 2013 - 4:01 PM

Super shot Adrian,
Alan

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ColleenA
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28 Jun 2013 - 4:18 PM

A superb image, well captured

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Glostopcat
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28 Jun 2013 - 4:40 PM

A cracking close up of this rare butterfly, you've captured its wings markings and patterns in such intricate detail and its colours quite beautifully. The Big O will blow a gasket when he sees this as we spent an hour and a half toiling up and down the steep slopes of Collard Hill in Somerset in vain pursuit of the elusive large blue.

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ali63
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28 Jun 2013 - 6:06 PM

Superb clarity,

Ali

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zapar40
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28 Jun 2013 - 6:08 PM

beautiful shot.
ant.

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Norfolkboy
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28 Jun 2013 - 6:32 PM

An outstanding capture, Adrian.
Colin

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bluetitblue
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28 Jun 2013 - 7:01 PM

Stunning image and butterfly but the buttercup looks a bit rough.

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carper123
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28 Jun 2013 - 7:56 PM

Hi, Adrian, a superb image, it would, and all your images grace any wildlife magazine, faultless.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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Jenny-D
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28 Jun 2013 - 8:12 PM

Another stunner Mr Kennerley Smile

Jenny Smile

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28 Jun 2013 - 8:56 PM

Good work Adrian......Explains why you didn't come down to Somerset.....

Ade

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ChrisWallace
28 Jun 2013 - 9:06 PM

Superb image Adrian, its all been said but great work as normal
Chris

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Daisymaye
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28 Jun 2013 - 10:15 PM

A superb close up. Both detail and colour are beautiful.......Sandy

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leontari
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28 Jun 2013 - 10:54 PM

Excellent detail and colour, amazing capture.
Effrossini

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Holmewood
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28 Jun 2013 - 11:20 PM

That is a real beauty Adrian. Cathy

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30 Jun 2013 - 8:59 AM

Outstanding capture. A

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NigelKiteley
30 Jun 2013 - 5:52 PM

A fabulous image Adrian!!!

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