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St Andrews Botanic Garden - The Butterfly House

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St Andrews Botanic Garden - The Butterfly House

18 Jun 2018 10:19AM   Views : 690 Unique : 317

The botanic garden is easy enough to find and for an extra 2.95 we get access to The Butterfly House. Oppressive heat, excellent light and a mass of gorgeous butterflies to photograph make it all very worthwhile. The butterflies can be a bit of a challenge and I've not managed to shoot one in full flight yet, but the names are getting sorted out and the still pictures are definitely improving. A macro lens might seem intuitive, but in fact a standard zoom works very well. I was using the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm on the K-1 and there was no problem getting in close enough. A slightly longer reach might have been helpful sometimes, but it would have needed an ISO higher than the 400 I was generally using.
Here's some pictures, duly identified, but with the caveat that the names may not be 100% accurate. or they might be. It's a learning curve.....
Rusty-tipped Page
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Great Mormon
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Blue Morpho
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Diadem
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Green Banded Swallowtail and Rusty-tipped Page
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Emperor Swallowtail
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The Clipper
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The Malachite
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Identification was made using the excellent leaflet provided for just 1. For once, the pictures actually look like the butterflies.

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McBrian 18 101 Scotland
21 Jun 2018 10:01PM
I'm ashamed - I've been in the gardens many many times over the years but I didn't know there was new a butterfly house which appears to have been opened in 2016, will be paying a visit very shortely.

One thing I did learn from a visit to Butterfly world in Edinburgh, pre heat your lens under the hand dryer before entering Smile
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