Monday, 30 July 2012

Silver-washed Fritillaries

Got a bit carried away taking photos of these lovely flutters at Bedford Purlieus last week-end. There were at least 10 individuals, some a bit tatty, but others looked very pristine indeed. The photos below show the colour differences in the same species.










26 comments:

  1. Beautiful images John. The colour variation relates to male and female. The more orangey colour one is the male and the more dull washed out one is the female.

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    1. Thank you Roy,
      I did wonder about the difference in colouration, now I know! :)
      J

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  2. Hi John,
    What beautiful looking butterflies. Your photos, as per usual, are visually stunning. Thank you.
    Have a peaceful day, my friend.
    In kindness, Gary

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    1. Hi Gary,
      Thank you, my friend, you are, as always too kind.
      J

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  3. Lovely photos of the Silver Washed Fritillaries, not one Ive ever seen.

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    1. Thank you, I suppose I am lucky in having seen a few, even in this appalling summer!
      J

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  4. This butterfly's name is almost as lovely as the creature itself!
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    1. A lovely butterfly with a lovely name. They do have a silver wash to their wings in the right light.
      J

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  5. Excellent shots John.
    Magnificent looking butterflies.

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    1. Thanks Keith, they are nice, big flutters that are easy to spot.
      J

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  6. Brilliant photographs of the Silver-washed Fritillary.

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  7. Lovely photos John, well done! I've been chasing them for a week now ;-) and had lots of fly pasts and one actually settled, I raised the camera and started to press the button...and it was off :-( Gorgeous butterflies though!

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    1. Thank you Jan,
      I am sure you will `get` one soon and plus you have seen the Emperor, something I have probably missed for this year!
      J

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  8. That is a lovely butterfly! Love the color. Great work on the photos, they are excellent!

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    1. Thanks Tammy, I think that I am getting a bit more used to the new camera now!
      J

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  9. John these are brilliant, just brilliant.

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    1. Thank you Mary, very kind of you.
      J

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  10. These are just beautiful, glad you got "carried away" today.

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    1. Thank you Gillian, not too difficult to get carried away when you see these lovely flutters!
      J

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  11. Thanks for posting these cracking shots John, they are superb butterflies! Thanks also for reminding me that they are about - we live relatively near to Bookham Common which is great for Silver-washed Fritillaries - I need to get over there now!

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    1. Thanks Jerry,
      I think they fly until early September, so you have time, but get over there now and soak up these 'huge' butterflies! :)
      J

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  12. These are gorgeous - I can see how you could get carried away!

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    1. They are stunning butterflies and such a variation in size and colour! Lovely! ;)
      J

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