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A mime is a terrible thing to waste

By ChiliMan
Sorry…just had to Grin

Now then…before I go on about this mime, lemme let fly a huge THANK YOOO to Lynne(Joyce) for her shiny User Award on yesterday’s red dragons Smile

And thanks to the lot of yous for all the wonderful comments and votes too Smile


I find myself in an insectoidal mood now, so here’s a flutterby which fluttered by last week. It may be a Common Mime (Chilasa clytia clytia) but it’s not too common a visitor to our garden so I was quite delighted.

As luck would have it (not), I had my old manual lens on and taking flowers at the time…when this fella happened by. Bah. One of those “What the…” moments. I decided to just go for it anyway. Fortunately, he stayed for a few seconds - albeit flappingly - each time he landed for a sippy sip on the lantana. I tried to get the best focus I could and got away with 10-12 shots…out of which these 3 were the only decent ones. Not too bad a percentage considering my sometimes dismal success rate even when using the autofocus lens Smile Glad I didn’t waste the opportunity. I still prefer having the autofocus lens for moving subjects, though.

Tomorrow…another insect. One that wasn’t too flappy.

Till then, then…

Andrew Smile

Tags: Butterfly Insect Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature Common Mime Chilasa clytia clytia

Voters: Jat_Riski, PhilT2, SlowSong and 37 more

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Jat_Riski 11 89 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 2:04PM
Great shots Andrew. Smile

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.7k 30 England
1 Jul 2014 2:13PM
Lovely shots Andrew, and super background bokeh. Smile
1 Jul 2014 2:50PM
Nice set of images.
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 3:15PM
Three superb shots from which the proboscis capture in V1 has to make it my personal favourite.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 4:04PM
A great set here, Andrew.

Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 4:30PM
Three magnificent captures Andrew, every one a joy to view.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 5:35PM
A superbly flappy picture, Andrew, and the lantana's pretty too.
SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 6:48PM
Wonderful captures,SmileSmile when a butterfly see's me it fly's in the opposite direction although I was lucky with my shot I put in today.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 6:56PM
Great piccies
Great dialogue
1 Jul 2014 8:51PM
A wonderful flappy insect, brilliantly captured Andrew! Great write up too!

10 10 10 England
1 Jul 2014 9:51PM
Great pics plus great chat - SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Joline Plus
13 30 56 United States
2 Jul 2014 12:14PM
They may have been flappy, but you sure got some great photos. V3 is especially nice, they do love that lantana flower.
CaroleS Plus
9 441 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2014 3:26PM
Lovely vibrant colour and detailSmile
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2014 3:48PM
How perfect all three are Andrew
how proud you must feel with these
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
3 Jul 2014 9:46AM
Awesome Wink
3 Jul 2014 10:14PM
What a beauty Andrew. Lovely shots. Cathy
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
12 Jul 2014 5:27PM
Three marvellous shots of this beautiful and exotic butterfly Andrew, I'd be hard pressed to better these with my 100mm f.8 canon prime macro lens!
janlea 8 3 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2014 8:22PM
A beautiful set Andrew, the colours are stunning SmileSmileSmile
evelen 15 5 England
27 Jan 2015 6:45PM
wonderful set of images .

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