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By Mike_Young
Thanks to all for the interest in my last upload of a Chaffinch, much appreciated as always. Smile

Today a tiny butterfly from my collection, this is a female Duke of Burgundy butterfly, Hamearis lucina. Sometimes erroneously referred to as a Fritillary, it is in a genus of its own in the UK. Sadly in decline and getting rarer.

This one is ready to lay eggs after recently mating, she landed on this bent stick after quite a while of flitting here and there. It made me smile because it looks as though she's bumped into it !

Hope you enjoy

Tags: Butterfly Close-up and macro Duke of burgundy Hamearis lucina Wildlife and nature

Voters: IainHamer, Lillian, Badgerfred and 31 more


Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2015 9:34AM
Has to be one of the best butterfly images Mike
even though she is looking closed in with the twig
goes with the story above
she looks like velvet...BRILLIANT

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2015 9:53AM
Simply stunning. An amusing title and a very well observed and captured image with the sharpest of detail and incredible colour Mike.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
14 Feb 2015 10:42AM
Well captured. Thanks for the narrative.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
14 Feb 2015 12:11PM
Excellent shot of this specimen.
tonyng 9 11 3 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2015 12:34PM
Top class for great details Mike.
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
14 Feb 2015 12:38PM
Outstanding image. Superb details.
ali63 7 778 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2015 2:18PM
Great image,
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
14 Feb 2015 2:42PM
Excellent details! a fantastic capture showing a moment in the life of a butterfly!
fotobee Plus
6 4 3 South Africa
14 Feb 2015 3:14PM
A very captivating image, I like all the little details. ......Regards Martin
TonyDy Plus
10 52 3 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2015 4:19PM
Super shot, Mike.
14 Feb 2015 4:20PM
Wow! How envious am I, love to get a butterfly this good.
This is just stunning Mike, the detail is amazing and the colours beautiful GrinGrin

14 Feb 2015 7:20PM
Stunning details Mike..Lin
dave1967 8 4 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2015 8:52PM
Great shot
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
14 Feb 2015 8:54PM
A fabulous close up of this pretty little and extremely rare butterfly. I'm very fortunate in having a colony of these only a couple of miles from where I live

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