Hook Norton Cutting Meadow Butterflies

A family outing this afternoon to Hook Norton Cutting meadow, our closest good butterfly spot.  Weather conditions were pretty much ideal: warm but overcast, meaning that butterflies would be active but would perch regularly.

Almost immediately on arrival we encountered good numbers of Common Blues – all males except one; others seen were a couple of Small Coppers (sadly too flighty for photos), a Brown Argus, and a Large White flying past.  Other things seen were a range of moths – Burnet Companion, Latticed Heath, and Silver Y.

 

I managed some pretty good shots with both handheld and tripod-mounted shooting, the best of which are below:

 

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ISO 250 1/60 f/11 (tripod)

 

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ISO 1600 1/320 f/16 (handheld: diffused SB600 as main light)

 

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this is the female

ISO 1250 1/320 f/16 (again handheld)

 

Latticed Heath Moth

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again,

ISO 1250 1/320 f/16

 

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