Over the past three weeks I have seen plenty of Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) flitting about with the males chasing each other from their respective territories.
Windy conditions are the worst scenario for attempting to capture these delightful flutters but on one occasion earlier this month a male (above) sat long enough for me to use the 70-300 zoom from a reasonable distance without disturbing the subject.
During another visit to the same location two weeks later with just a gentle breeze I was able to get far closer, sometimes within inches, and as I don't currently own a macro lens I used my compact Canon S95 to obtain these images.
This mating pair were otherwise engaged and totally oblivious to my close approach!
If all wildlife was this cooperative then close up photography would be far less stressful for both the watcher and the quarry. So do I still hanker after a macro lens for the DSLR .... silly question! FAB.