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Super shot Nigel! Saw my first of these in France too last year. Much earlier in the year though in early May so they must have two broods. I had been to the same site a couple of times in June when they didn't appear to be present so thought they only flew in spring. Clearly that's not the case, so maybe they just get lost amongst the many other different species that are present in June there.
Very nicely done indeed sir!
Super shot Nigel. Pristine butterfly with every detail captured perfectly. Nice seed head too. You seem to have more interesting ones where you get to!
Stunning combination with the flower and butterfly. I missed the main DGF season this year as I was in Switzerland while they were at their best over here... the swiss butterflies more than made up for it though!
That is one awesome shot! You were pretty fortunate to have the dark sky behind to make the bright colours of the jet and the smoke stand out from the sky. You also managed to keep the shutter speed pretty high with a low ISO despite the dark sky so the details are pin sharp!
Super sharp shot Ben. I tend to see quite a few aberrations in chalk hill blues down my way and this year has been particularly good for them. Not sure why thereshould be so frequently seen in these. Maybe just because there are so many of them you have more chance of finding a funny one or two!
Excellent shot of a stunning Mantid! I have a bit of a think about Mantids though don't get to see the interesting one in my travels as much as I'd like to. This one is quite striking and captured exceptionally well as depth of field is often a struggle with these since they're quite chunky!