Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A Prickly Pitch

My first sighting of a Large Skipper Butterfly (Ochlodes venata) this year.
A bonus with this sighting was the pleasing background (Musk Thistle) on which the subject was positioned.
This one is a male, the black stripes (scent glands) across the dihedral outer wings are the identifiable marks. 

Sony A6000.  FE.24-240 lens.  1/400 at f8.  240mm.  ISO100









26 comments:

  1. Aprt from the Skipper being a beautiful butterfly, these are fabulous cose ups of the plant Roy.

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  2. I have a likening for thistles and would love to see Musk Thistle, like you said it had a bonus, first Skipper. Lovely photos.
    Amanda xx

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  3. That skipper was intent on feeding! Great images with such vibrant colors.

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    1. Thanks Wilma. Yes, not for the faint hearted.{:))

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  4. Good find Roy and some lovely shots, only nature could lay on a stunning backdrop like that...[;o)

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  5. Very nice Large Skipper photo's,the thistle is impressive too, still waiting to see my first Skipper this year.

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    1. Thanks M52. I have managed to see two so far.{:))

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  6. Hey Roy... Love these shot's . The Skipper is fantastic, and the thistle flower's are stunning with the skipper on them.
    I like the 3rd from the bottom. So much nice details in these!!

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, yes I think that one has something about it.

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  7. What a great setting for the pictures!

    Gr. John

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  8. In some ways the beauty of the thistle outshines the flutter.

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  9. This is really, really nice Roy.
    This butterfly and therefore in such a great beautiful thistle. Bravo!

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  10. Very great pics Roy, wonderdul !!!!

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  11. Hi Roy

    What a wonderful series of photos.

    Thanks
    Guy

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  12. The skipper is beautiful and I love the thistles.

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