Saturday, 19 July 2014

Butterfly Forays - Purple Emperor and Hairstreak.

During the past two weeks I have been fortunate to see a total of 7 male Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) during visits to two separate local commons, including one individual flying just twenty feet above my head, but once again the only photo opportunities were males perched extremely high up on their Oak master trees. I am still hopeful that one day I might get one in the frame at a much lower altitude!

Indications from one local site (Ashtead Common) are that there are very good numbers of Purple Emperor on the wing this year so I'll definitely be going back subject to a spell of suitable weather.

For the other species, the small Purple Hairstreak (Neozephyrus quercus) I stumbled across a single individual, probably a female, perched just a foot off the ground on the leaf of a Birch sapling on Bookham Common, and managed just one decent shot of its silvery under-wing (see below) before it disappeared from view.

All images were taken 'handheld' with the 450D and 70-300mm lens.  FAB.


  1. I love the colors of the butterflies wings with the spots. He is a beaut.

  2. I visit the Butterfly Farm every day when on vacation...I never tire of it/them!...:)JP

  3. lovely to see your Purple Hairstreak - a reason for that name - I'm looking for the splash of purple?

  4. Beautiful shot of the butterfly, Frank!

  5. heerlijk het is nu echt vlindertijd.

  6. Oh your hairstreak is amazing!! I've not seen a lot of butterflies yet this year - some, but not a lot.

  7. LOVE the purple hairstreak. Heck, I love ANY hairstreak. Beautiful captures, as always. :)

  8. LOVE the purple hairstreak! Heck, ANY hairstreak. Beautiful shots, as always. :)


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