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Early Easter Eggs

By mattberry    
A trio of eggs of the Purple Hairstreak butterfly, laid amongst a terminal bud cluster on an English Oak.

Taken today in sunny Suffolk!

Tamron 90mm macro lens + 25mm extension tube + steady(ish) hands!

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Butterfly Oak Eggs Purple hairstreak Wildlife and nature

Voters: tomcat, SUE118, Mike_Young and 9 more

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2012 9:44PM
This has given me room for thought MattSmile
Part of my wood is purely Oak, though overgrown and many are covered with Ivy

To be honest, never really looked last year to see if there was anything aboutSad


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mattberry 13 259 14 Greece
1 Mar 2012 9:49PM
Hi Adrian Smile

If you have any Oak in sunny aspects try searching the tips of the lower branches. Beware of one or two moth species that lay similar looking eggs! They tend to be quite a bit smaller and darker though, easy to tell apart once you can compare them.

And look up in the trees during July for the butterflies on a warm sunny afternoon / evening. You might get lucky! Alternatively, pop to Suffolk and I can show you trees with 40 or more individuals on Smile

I would love to photograph the eggs of all UK butterfly species, quite a challenge though!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Mar 2012 12:04AM
You done well to spot them mate.......I get the moths laying eggs in the traps occasionally, hopefully now I've this new Canon lens I should be able to get some great close ups of them later in the year, as they say, watch this space......

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Mar 2012 6:07AM
Very well spotted and captured, Matt, a most interesting image. Carol
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
4 Mar 2012 11:16AM
An awesome close up, what a great find

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