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Butterfly on summer lilac

October 9, 2010

On the nice sunny day I was able to photograph a spider capturing a crane fly, got lucky as later on spotted some butterflies feeding on a large Buddleja davidii shrub.

Also called summer lilac, it is a plant known to attract butterflies. However, the butterflies usually landed up high above eye level and didn’t seem keen on purposely getting closer to the camera lens.

Butterfly on summer lilac

Lovely bright colors and white spots amidst the dark areas of this butterfly’s wings.

Still managed to make a few decent photos and thanks to the sharp macro lens, in most cases could crop the full canvas down to the significant area featuring the butterfly.


When one of the butterflies ventured on some flowers set lower on the brush which were much closer, managed to capture it in more detail although the angle towards the sun doesn’t look as ideal anymore.

Butterfly feeding

Still, do love how this angle shows the unique, alien shape of the butterfly’s head, not only the antennae but the proboscis it uses to feed can be made out quite well.

A shame the compound eyes aren’t that discernible with their dark color.

Butterfly and bee

One of the last shots made before it got a bit overcast, this butterfly got competition when a bee decided to feast on the same flower buds the butterfly had set on. Was nice to see how both went about their business and seemingly ignored each other.

You can always see more of my photos on Flickr, or view the insects photo set directly.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2010 8:55 am

    I love these photographs of insects and flowers. It’s a perfect combination. Love the third shot!

  2. October 11, 2010 5:31 pm

    Thanks Yi. ^^

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