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Heath Fritillary

By tomcat    
This is a Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia, one of Britain's rarest butterflies.

In fact it was the demise of the Large Blues in 1979, that prompted the action to save these wee beauties from extinctionSmile
Well worth suffering a swollen arm (allergic bite reaction), to nail these beautiful butterflies

I am led to believe that they are late in emerging this year, but I was fortunate to find several of them, in the most unlikeliest of placesWink

Many thanks to Anthony (zapar40) for his GEA given to yesterday's young Peregrine and also to Mike (mikesmith), Annette (annettep38) & Luisa (Luda),
for their very generous User awards


Tags: Butterflies Insects Wildlife Kent Rare Heath fritillary Wildlife and nature East Blean

Voters: ABPhotosUK, MalcolmM, brian17302 and 68 more

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ABPhotosUK 6 26 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 12:27PM
This is wonderful Adrian, you obviously go to great lengths to capture images like this and the results are spectacular. Thank you for sharing this with us, Andy

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28 Jun 2013 12:33PM
Wonderful detailed macro image Adrian
johnlw 12 1 10 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 12:33PM
Very sharp super image.
Regards John.
Mrsbass 6 2 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 12:43PM
Once again a superb image Adrian, beautiful detail and colour.
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
28 Jun 2013 12:58PM
Didn't know they were so rare in Britain, we get quite a few here Smile
and yes, it is a beautiful shot Smile
Caziwinkles 7 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 1:21PM
Absolute stunner this image Adrian. Perfect! Smile

chalkhillblue 11 164 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 1:41PM
Beautiful light showing this wonderful little butterfly at it's best, very well captured Arian,
super colour and detail.
Sezz 14 619 15 England
28 Jun 2013 1:42PM
You suffered for your art but worth it Adrian, I didn't know that these were so rare either!

Sarah *
28 Jun 2013 1:43PM
Stunning Adrian the detail is fantastic
RonnieAG Plus
9 154 118 Scotland
28 Jun 2013 1:50PM
An excellent capture of this rarity, Ade, and well worth the allergic interludeSmileSmile.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
28 Jun 2013 1:52PM
Cracking good shot Adrian.Wonderful detail.GrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 2:06PM
Lovely to see in so much detail, we seem to be seeing fewer of them this year.
DerekL 14 211 24 England
28 Jun 2013 2:06PM
Super image Adrian.
Sharp and well exposed, showing off the colours well.
Hope the butterflies are coming out to play at Prees Heath on Sunday?

28 Jun 2013 2:11PM
A beauty Adrian,
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
28 Jun 2013 2:31PM
Superb capture of wing detail and textures Adrian.
TonyDy Plus
10 52 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 2:50PM
Cracking shot, Adrian.
richmowil Plus
10 369 2 England
28 Jun 2013 2:52PM
Sharp, colourful and well composed image! Nice one!!
CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
28 Jun 2013 3:15PM
A great find and capture, Adrian. 30C, sunny, light breeze, what more could you wish for Wink Carol
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
28 Jun 2013 3:33PM
This one is a beauty!
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
28 Jun 2013 3:35PM
Stunning macro work, Adrian - wonderful detail and colours.
28 Jun 2013 3:46PM
A great capture, Adrian!
Well composed and presented.

Terry L 16 609 5 England
28 Jun 2013 3:54PM
Stunning capture Adrian, pleased to see you found a few to make the trip worthwhile.

28 Jun 2013 4:01PM
Super shot Adrian,
ColleenA Plus
7 420 6 Australia
28 Jun 2013 4:18PM
A superb image, well captured
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
28 Jun 2013 4:40PM
A cracking close up of this rare butterfly, you've captured its wings markings and patterns in such intricate detail and its colours quite beautifully. The Big O will blow a gasket when he sees this as we spent an hour and a half toiling up and down the steep slopes of Collard Hill in Somerset in vain pursuit of the elusive large blue.
ali63 7 778 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 6:06PM
Superb clarity,

zapar40 9 66 5 Wales
28 Jun 2013 6:08PM
beautiful shot.
Norfolkboy 13 1 4 England
28 Jun 2013 6:32PM
An outstanding capture, Adrian.
28 Jun 2013 7:01PM
Stunning image and butterfly but the buttercup looks a bit rough.
carper123 Plus
7 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 7:56PM
Hi, Adrian, a superb image, it would, and all your images grace any wildlife magazine, faultless.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Jenny-D 9 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 8:12PM
Another stunner Mr Kennerley Smile

Jenny Smile
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
28 Jun 2013 8:56PM
Good work Adrian......Explains why you didn't come down to Somerset.....

28 Jun 2013 9:06PM
Superb image Adrian, its all been said but great work as normal
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
28 Jun 2013 10:15PM
A superb close up. Both detail and colour are beautiful.......Sandy
28 Jun 2013 10:54PM
Excellent detail and colour, amazing capture.
28 Jun 2013 11:20PM
That is a real beauty Adrian. Cathy
accipiter 10 61 England
30 Jun 2013 8:59AM
Outstanding capture. A
30 Jun 2013 5:52PM
A fabulous image Adrian!!!

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