I spent a lovely day at the RHS Wisley on Friday where they are holding a butterfly event in their hot-house. The atmosphere was tropical and it took nearly 30 mins for my camera to warm up and get rid of the condensation. It was a pleasure to meet up with EPZ members Maiwand, Doghouse 765 and peter_oak who were also enjoying the chance of photographing the beautiful butterflies loose in the greenhouse.
This is the Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon) and native of Costa Rica. It is a large specimen and most of them were intent on sleeping or feeding, with wings furled, showing their wonderful "owl" eye. Unfurled wings are a glorious dusky bluey-purpley brown and when in flight the wings flap slowly and they then glide, in ghostlike fashion - fascinating. Hope you enjoy this series.
Settings varied between F7.1 and F4, 1/250sec, ISO 400 - 160, sometimes in AV and sometimes in manual, handheld
View large - F11 if you have time - there is a lot of detail.
Thank you all so much for your super response to my last two uploads - I am overwhelmed and very grateful