I had the pleasure of visiting Alners Gorse – a Butterfly Conservation Reserve in Dorset on Saturday. It was my first visit to this reserve and on this first visit I was impressed with the reserve and the amount of insects present.
The weather was almost ideal for an afternoon photographing butterflies, with early sun to warm them up, and then, the temperature slightly dropping so they were not as active. Only at the end of the day did the wind pick up to make them harder to capture.
The following shots (all at ISO 400, some used flash ) of three of the species I saw on the day are the best that I captured, though I did see and attempt more species on the reserve.
Firstly a small skipper on a flower – Taken on a Canon 100mm Macro Lens.
A ringlet – also on the 100mm lens.
I also had a patient couple of male Marbled Whites that sat for the following shots.
Wings open on a flower – Canon 100mm
A side on profile shot at rest Canon 100mm.
Another example in profle on Canon 100mm Lens.
As this particular Marbled White was resting for a while and co-operative to the lens I managed a series of close up shots on the Canon MPE-65mm from 1 – 3x magnification.
Map of Location