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:
ISO 250 1/60 f/11 (tripod)
ISO 1600 1/320 f/16 (handheld: diffused SB600 as main light)
this is the female
ISO 1250 1/320 f/16 (again handheld)
Latticed Heath Moth
ISO 1250 1/320 f/16