This small but stunning insect would appear to be Darwin's Heath (Coenonympha darwiniana), based on all the literature I can find. Alternative views welcome.
In comparison to our Small Heath, this is a very vividly coloured insect but equally shy!
I am beginning to think that the Col des Fillys (where this image was taken) in the Alpes de Haute Provence is perhaps one of the best butterfly spots I have found for diversity.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 1D X |
|Lens:||EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||7 Jul 2013 - 8:13 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/3.5|
|Exposure Mode:||Shutter speed priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|