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Spanish Purple Hairstreak

By NigelKiteley
Thank you very much for the clicks and comments on yesterday's Common Blue and especially to myrab for the UA, all are very much appreciated.

This female Spanish Purple Hairstreak was photographed in Spain last year. I went over in June with my good friend Pete Withers and this was one of three Hairstreaks that we were hoping to see. My girlfriend Pilu had told me to expect to see hundreds of Hairstreaks all over the yellow broom bushes and she was not wrong. We really did see hundreds including Spanish Purple, Ilex, and False Ilex as well as many other species busily feeding on the bright yellow flowers. Conditions were windy and this coupled with the fact that the butterflies were constantly moving made photography very difficult. How frustrating to see so many butterflies with very few photo opportunities! However on our last morning we did find this female that sat still long enough for us to bag a few photos. The background colour was provided by a path as she was quite low to the ground.

Tags: Butterflies Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Spanish purple hairstreak

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mossy 5 46 1 England
29 Jan 2013 12:46PM
Purple hairstreak is on my to see list, good to see this photo of the female. Well exposed and sharp as a pin.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2013 12:48PM
A fantastic capture, Nigel. Carol
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 12:56PM
Brilliant shot, Nigel.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 1:34PM
A stunning image of the finest quality Nigel.

Regards Nathan Grin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 3:49PM
You never fail to amaze me that you always find your butterflies with perfect backgrounds.
JohnoP 12 2
29 Jan 2013 6:42PM
What superb macro work Nigel! John
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 7:27PM
Could this be the oneWink

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 7:49PM
Aye it isSmile

Nothing reciprocal at allSmile

Subject + perch + backdrop = Quality photography

9 10 10 England
29 Jan 2013 7:52PM
You seem to be able to overcome difficulties and produce great images.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Jan 2013 8:23PM
An image of exceptional quality Nigel, the detail and colours are first class

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