I visited Troublefield a nearby Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve on Sunday afternoon. This is a tiny reserve not too much bigger than a small field but it was full of summerflowers and butterflies.
Armed with my Canon 100mm F2.8 USM macro lens I managed to find a nice male Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi ) in the grass, and also capture a pair of mating Small White butterflies. In addition to these I also managed to get some shots of a couple of the many Common Blue butterflies that were about. Lastly and on my Canon MPE-65mm I photographed an type of shield bug that I had not seen before a “Tortoise Bug” (Eurygaster testudinaria).
The shots are shown below. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.
A close up of the Fox Moths head (This acutally taken on the MPE-65mm – F11 ISO 100 with flash).
Full length shot of the Fox Moth clinging to the grass. (100mm F11 ISO 400 with flash).
Another pose from the Fox Moth (100mm F8 ISO100 with Flash).
Mating Small Whites (100mm F11 ISO400 with Flash)
Common Blue on pink flower (100mm ISO400 F5.6 with flash)
Common Blue preparing to take off (100mm ISO 400 F5.6 with flash)
Common Blue posing on flower (100mm ISO 100 F8 with flash)
Tortoise Bug – a large shield bug – Eurygaster testudinaria (MPE-65mm ISO 100 F11 with flash)
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