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Summertime Blues III

By Glostopcat  
A set of images of some of the blue butterflies that I saw this summer when visiting Swelshill Bank near Stroud, plus a couple from my allotment.
V1 - A male adonis blue feeding on a carline thistle and giving us a glimpse of his wonderful electric blue colour
V2,V3 - "The Blues Brothers" - Two male adonis blue butterflies vying for position on a carline thistle on the steep slopes of Swelshill Bank
V4 - A male adonis blue butterfly basking on an oak leaf on Swelshill Bank, taken with the Canon Eos 600D
V5 - A male holly blue that visited my allotment, this is a record shot of one with its wings open, the first time I have managed to catch one like that on camera, so a bit of a rarity
V6 - The same holly blue on some sweet williams at my allotment taken shortly after v5
V7 - Especially for Silly Sunday a "holy" Chalkhill blue butterfly, this male of the species was captured at Swelshill Bank back in August
V8 - Another male chalkhill blue butterfly taken at Swelshill Bank, this one was taken with the Canon EOS 600D

Tags: Butterflies Close-up and macro Stroud Glos Wildlife and nature Chalkhill Blues Swelshill Bank Adonis blues Holly blues

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30 Sep 2012 12:29PM
Eight uploads deserving of their own slot Ed Smile Quality work as always young man.

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 12:31PM
I can't believe you have seen so many blues! Each image is excellent... Can't choose a favorite. Bravo! IB
30 Sep 2012 12:35PM
Excellent series!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Sep 2012 12:35PM
They are abundant on a few sites in the Cotswolds, particularly Swelshill Bank and Rodborough Common near Stroud, other good places to see the blues are Dorset and the South Downs in Sussex.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
30 Sep 2012 12:48PM
V1 and V2 equal votes from me Ed the rest also very good.


Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
30 Sep 2012 1:02PM
I got to hand to you Ed, you do seem to find them, excellent as always, but your still not off the hook! Wink

30 Sep 2012 1:25PM
Super set of images Ed, nice detail in all,
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 1:57PM
A super set Ed, so many blues, what a treat!! Excellent detail.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 2:09PM
V2 and V3 are equally delightful, I like the sense of 'Move over, I got here first'.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 2:41PM
A very fine set of images of this particular species, Ed: so difficult to choose a winner, each and every one so well captured, so they'll have to share my single available vote.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Sep 2012 3:25PM
A superb set, Ed, with V.5 being my favourite. Carol
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Sep 2012 3:28PM
Cracking set Ed but I rather like V7 best, the detail in that one is superb,
Tibetan 5 3 England
30 Sep 2012 4:01PM
Excellent guessed it was yours from the thumb nail, so are the rest great set regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
30 Sep 2012 4:02PM
Well, you are certainly spoiling us with this fine set, Ed. An excellent selection .

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 4:20PM
A brilliant set - especially v6!
30 Sep 2012 4:49PM
You are very lucky to have lots of butterflies near you. Not many at all this year near me.

9 10 10 England
30 Sep 2012 4:50PM
Each one is worthy of individual attention Ed - it's a beautiful set.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
30 Sep 2012 5:31PM
Super collection Ed - particularly like V2 and V7.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 6:09PM
Woww, Ed, a superb set of images, some of your best i think, well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
30 Sep 2012 6:16PM
Beautifully taken and nice colour....
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
30 Sep 2012 6:22PM
What a lovely creature Ed. A real quality series of shots.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 7:13PM
Top drawer stuff, ED, great series.

30 Sep 2012 7:24PM
Great set of images, great detail & colour in all, nice one !
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 7:44PM
We certainly get our money's worth with this set of beauties!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 8:13PM
Currently E2 featured and so beautiful
Beautiful collection.

Glyn1 8 4 1 England
30 Sep 2012 8:16PM
Superb series Ed, each could stand on its own.

30 Sep 2012 8:16PM
Beautiful set of images. Well done. Elaine
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 8:51PM
Wonderful set Ed.
I'm liking V5 for simplicity.
V6 good contrast between pink flower and butterfly.
Good title for V2.
I was interested to see what your new Canon EOS 600D
could do and enjoyed V4 for clarity of butterfly and liked the leaf he was on.
Also liked V8 with delicate flowers to host the lovely butterfly.
Let us know how you find the 600D ( I have 450D) so well behind!
Read that the 650D is good for night shots without a tripod!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Sep 2012 10:05PM
Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 10:19PM
An absolutely glorious group and what wonderful colours!

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
2 Oct 2012 7:42PM
A grand set Ed V3 and 6,for me .
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
3 Oct 2012 4:10PM
V2 and 7...
but I like them all, especially the sunday version has a great title.

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