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'So I said to him....' - Brimstone & Bee

By HobbitDave
Brimstone butterfly and bumblebee look as though they are having a good old gossip Wink Sunlight shining through butterfly's wings.
Nice to see a second hatching of Brimstones, and it's the first time for several years I've managed to snap one. The spring ones are usually flying very fast. I think this one is only recently hatched, part of the July/August second set. Taken on a rather windy day...

(Maxed-out telephoto 800mm, f8, ISO 500, 1/640). Frame added from iPads PhotoPal app. Not sure if I like it, perhaps too 'heavy'?
Exif added as it doesn't get added if you upload from an iPad.

Tags: Butterfly Yellow Close-up and macro Bumblebee Brimstone Gossip Buddleia Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Voters: PrunellaCara, RonnieAG, barbarahirst and 23 more


RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
7 Aug 2015 10:39AM
Very nice shot of the Brimstone with the it's almost translucent wings: both it and the bee seem quite comfortable together.
7 Aug 2015 10:43AM
Thanks kindly Ronnie, had hoped for a couple of years to take one of these, but they always seem to be flying very fast. Luckily this one wasn't, maybe they got caught up with the conversation with the bee Wink
All the best,
Dave Wink
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2015 10:54AM
the bee appears a wee bit battered
but the flutterbye is beautiful
isnt life just wonderful?
7 Aug 2015 10:56AM
Too right, Barbs, and the last thing I expected to see yesterday on a windy not-so-warm afternoon was a Brimstone butterfly, chatting to a bumblybee too! Wink
All the best,
Dave Wink
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
7 Aug 2015 10:57AM
nice one, Dave..
7 Aug 2015 11:29AM
Thanks kindly Pranav, much appreciated!
All the best,

Dave Wink
7 Aug 2015 11:54AM
Excellent double capture Dave, great detail in the Brimstone,
7 Aug 2015 12:15PM
Thanks kindly Fred, much appreciated coming from your good self and butterflies!
All the best,

Dave Wink
cbrundage 8 4 United States
7 Aug 2015 1:28PM
Great fun, Dave - wonderful to catch two together like this!!
7 Aug 2015 1:37PM
So glad you like it, friend. I was so chuffed to capture the Brimstone.........they aren't uncommon but always seem to be airborne! The one and only photo I had prior to these was taken in 1981 with a Minolta SRT101 film camera....a 25 year gap Wink. It's never too late.....
All the best, and am so grateful for the UA on this one, which means a lot due to the above!
Dave Wink
7 Aug 2015 2:44PM
Two together, what a cracking capture Dave.
7 Aug 2015 3:37PM
Thanks so much, Len, really nice to see a Brimstone settled and feeding - the first spring batch seem to be always flying very fast, no Buddleia for them to feed on perhaps.
All the best,
Dave Wink
7 Aug 2015 5:02PM
A happy pair Dave, great shot..Lin
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2015 5:25PM
Beautiful capture of this duo Dave, lovely light and detail here.
7 Aug 2015 6:00PM
Thanks so much for the kind comments, Lin, and Peter, very glad you like this one.
All,the best,

Dave Wink
DonMc 13 4 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2015 8:59PM
Hello Dave. skill and good fortune combined to produce a super macro image!SmileSmileSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2015 9:54PM
Very nice capture DaveGrinGrin

7 Aug 2015 9:56PM
Thanks so much for the kind comments, Don, and Cliff, they are really appreciated.
All the best,

Dave Wink
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2015 3:28AM
Wow, lucky you to catch these two gossiping and lucky us being able to share it.
What a beautiful image, with lovely colours and great attention to detail, great macro capture, Dave. SmileSmileSmileSmile
8 Aug 2015 10:13AM
Thanks so much for the kind comments, Lynne, and Bernie, they are really appreciated. I was lucky to have this one settle and be able to get close enough to 'snap' him/her.
All the best,

Dave Wink
9 Aug 2015 9:49AM
Simply stunning! I was not sure what a Brimstone was so educational as well.
9 Aug 2015 9:55AM
So glad you like this one, Debs. I haven't seen the July/ August Brimstons around for several years here, so keep an eye on the Buddleia! Hope you had some joy with your 2x hummingbird hawkmoths, that's special!
All the best,
Dave Wink
10 Aug 2015 7:14PM
Thanks so much for the UA, Debs, that is very kind and most welcomed!
All the best,

Dave Wink
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
24 Aug 2015 8:47PM
You've caught some wonderful light through this beautiful butterfly's wings Dave. Another fine shot of these bosom buddleia buddiesGrin

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