Butterflies and Moths at Troublefield

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).

Fox Moth head - Macrothylacia rubi.Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Fox Moth head - Macrothylacia rubi.

Full length shot of the Fox Moth clinging to the grass. (100mm F11 ISO 400 with flash).

Fox Moth - Macrothylacia rubiCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Fox Moth - Macrothylacia rubi

Another pose from the Fox Moth (100mm F8 ISO100 with Flash).

Fox Moth - Macrothylacia rubi.Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Fox Moth - Macrothylacia rubi.

Mating Small Whites (100mm F11 ISO400 with Flash)

Mating Small White ButterfliesCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Mating Small White Butterflies

Common Blue on pink flower (100mm ISO400 F5.6 with flash)

Common Blue on flowerCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Common Blue on flower

Common Blue preparing to take off (100mm ISO 400 F5.6 with flash)

Common BlueCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO400)
Common Blue

Common Blue posing on flower (100mm ISO 100 F8 with flash)

Common BlueCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Common Blue

Tortoise Bug – a large shield bug – Eurygaster testudinaria (MPE-65mm ISO 100 F11 with flash)

Sheild BugCanon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Sheild Bug

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I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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