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By NigelKiteley
Just had a brilliant 4 days in Spain with my mate Pete Withers where we visited two sites and managed 40 species, of which 4 were lifers for me including this amazing beauty.

We saw 4 of these incredible butterflies and this one was photographed in my favourite meadow in the mountains just outside Miraflores, north of Madrid. I've got an 11 day break in July booked specifically to find Apollos as that's the time when they appear in Miraflores, so it was a total surprise to find them already gliding around the meadow. I cannot wait to get back there next month!

Tags: Butterflies Close-up and macro Apollo Wildlife and nature

Voters: Rock, franken, Joline and 42 more

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 11:48AM
Beautiful image here.


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Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
22 Jun 2012 11:49AM
Congratulations on finding and photographing this gorgeous specimen. It must have been a very exciting day.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
22 Jun 2012 12:10PM
a beauty.lesley
senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
22 Jun 2012 12:44PM
top level close up
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
22 Jun 2012 12:57PM
fantastic shot...
Miraflores you said.. I will have a look next time. If you can 'see flowers' it might also be miramariposas Smile
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 2:01PM
Absolute stunner, Nigel - I bet you can't wait to get back there!!!
fantasick shot Grin
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 2:44PM
22 Jun 2012 3:07PM
Nice colors and texture. Deep
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
22 Jun 2012 3:47PM
Outstanding Nigel, yer lucky devil you....

KarenFB Plus
11 5.0k 171 England
22 Jun 2012 6:32PM
What a beautiful butterfly - brilliantly caught!
22 Jun 2012 6:39PM
IMMACULATE Nigel Tongue Awesome Image mate
8 10 10 England
22 Jun 2012 7:49PM
This is a beautiful specimen Nigel and superbly captured by you.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
22 Jun 2012 9:16PM
An absolute beauty - lovely to view Nigel.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 9:43PM
Out of this world

Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 10:14PM
What a beauty Nigel, stunning mate
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
23 Jun 2012 3:08PM
A stunning close up of this beautiful butterfly, you've captured its colours and wing markings in such intricate detail.

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