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Back from extinction!

By livinglevels  
Thanks for all the votes yesterday

This image is from a sequence taken of mating Large Blue (Maculinea arion) butterflies, perched on the larval food plant, Wild Thyme (Thymus polytrichus).

Even in June last year the weather was not wonderful but on the breeding site at Collard Hill, a few reasonable days gave a good breading season for these rare butterflies.

Tags: Butterfly Lepidoptera Somerset Close-up and macro Large blue Maculinea arion Wildlife and nature Collard Hill Wild thyme

Voters: chrissie3, PhillipMinnis, NaturesHaven and 29 more

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30 Mar 2013 9:55AM
Quite beautiful!

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mossy 5 46 1 England
30 Mar 2013 10:22AM
Never seen one of these, a beautiful butterfly.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
30 Mar 2013 10:45AM
Won't be long now and I've no doubt my annual trip down to Collard Hill will be being planned, that's assumomh they've managed to survive this awful long winter we've had.....

30 Mar 2013 12:05PM
Lovely shot.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Mar 2013 3:46PM
A cracking close up of this copulating couple, I'm hoping to see these for the first time this year
30 Mar 2013 6:59PM
Fabulous capture !
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
30 Mar 2013 8:00PM
First class Image!!

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