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Grizzled Skipper

By fishiee
Definitely the coldest butterfly I've ever photographed! Grizzled Skipper from early May this year. When I got out of the car it said just +2C and there was a heavy frost on the ground when we reached the main site. I'm not sure if the water droplets on the wings were frozen at the time!

Once the sun came out and things warmed up (Including my hands which were blocks of ice!) the place was alive with butterflies. I don't think I'd ever seen so many Dingy/Grizzled Skippers and Green Hairstreaks in my life as I did that day.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: georgiepoolie, bobpaige1, bricurtis and 27 more

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bricurtis Plus
15 2.5k 51 England
23 Sep 2014 5:32PM
Superb Skipper - lovely complimentary plant.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
23 Sep 2014 5:36PM

Quote:Superb Skipper - lovely complimentary plant.

My thoughts exactly, Brian beat me to it Smile Carol
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2014 5:38PM
Thanks. They tend to always roost on dead seed heads like this for camouflage but once you get your eye in they are quite easy to spot Smile
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
23 Sep 2014 5:45PM
Superb detail,
23 Sep 2014 5:58PM
Stunning photography BeautifulSmileSmileSmilepaul
TonyDy Plus
12 55 3 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2014 7:31PM
Superb shot, John.
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2014 7:54PM
Stunning image I'm very envious SmileSmile

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
23 Sep 2014 8:07PM
A fantastic close up of this tiny and beautifuly marked butterfly, the perch complements it perfectly
terryxc 8 7 England
24 Sep 2014 1:22AM
Superb capture...

annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
24 Sep 2014 11:33AM
excellent capture, never seen a frozen flutterby!
24 Sep 2014 1:52PM
A real stunner John, very impressive at such an incredibly slow shutter speed.

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