Rolling With The Flashes

Posted: March 21, 2010 in holidays, macro photography
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I spent the afternoon rolling around in the grass and mud trying to get acquainted with the frightened bursts of Yellow Flashes.  The butterfly flies with a blinding speed, eluding even the experienced eye.  And its yellow blending into the glare of the sunlight on the leaves makes it hard to spot amongst the cow grass.

But the colony of several individuals have a predictable pattern, taking turns to land around the same areas.  When quietly observed through the grass, the butterfly crawls along the length of the grass, turning around and around until it flits quickly to another blade nearby where it repeats the same behaviour.

The butterfly is one of the largest species in the Rapala family but despite its size, is one of the hardest to spot in the field. 

The Common Hedge Blue was found in almost every section of the path today.  The explosion of fluttering and puddling blues rose up like spatterings of blue petals carried by the wind, settling disorderly in our wake as we pass.


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  1. Kira says:

    I love the false head on the Yellow Flash… Well, that what it looks like to me anyway. =) And the soft powder like texture of the upper Hedge Blue with the sharper looking leaf it rests on it a great contrast to my blurry vision! And the details of the hairlike fuzz on the bottom Hedge Blue is a site to see. Great pictures! Once day I'll get an slr, but I don't know if I could hunt butterflies as well as you!

  2. Thanks Kira! 🙂 I hope you get an SLR soon. Butterflies are a bit difficult to get the hang of at first. But once you get used to their behaviour and observe their living patterns, it will be easier to photograph them 😀 Hope to see your butterfly pics soon!

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