Lydlinch Common

During Mid-May I took a visit to Lydlinch Common after noting on the Uk Butterflies site that it had a good variety of species.  It’s fairly close to Alners Gorse, so I also checked that out on the trip – nothing really of note there on this occasion.

The first corner produced a patiently sitting Small Copper butterfly.  I say patient, but the pose was not held as it always seemed to get itself into an angle where you could not get the focal plane parallel to it.  This is my best shot of it.  Not brilliant, but it maybe shows why I embarrassingly thought it was some kind of  hairstreak till I had it id’d on the Uk Butterflies forum.  Or maybe not!

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Copper taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/60 Natural Light.  Tripod.

There were lots of Lackey Moth caterpillars at Lydlinch – and my favourite shot of one of them munching away is shown below.  They can look really funny with the hairs sprouting from them.

Lackey Moth Catterpillar

Lackey Moth Caterpillar

Lackey Moth Caterpillar taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4 1/200 Natural Light.  Tripod.

Also in abundance were these blue moths ( A type of Forester Moth – Zygaenidae), and these two posed nicely on some bugle.

Blue Moths

Blue Moths

Blue Moths (Forester – Zygaenidae) taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F7.1 1/80 Natural Light.  Tripod.

Being a windy day, the low growing Vetch plants were a more sheltered plant, which helped in getting the following shots during pauses in the wind.  A Tripod really helps on windy days as it removes one side of the shake.  It’s just the plant rather than me that I have to worry about!

Vetch

Vetch

Vetch taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5 1/400 Natural Light.  Tripod.

Vetch

Vetch

Vetch taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F7.1 1/125 Natural Light.  Tripod.

An finally in a fairly sheltered corner this little blue butterfly was roosting on a bit of grass.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Blue butterfly taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4.5 1/500 Natural Light.  Tripod.

 

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Author: Chris

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

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