On Gossamer Wings.


There are many poems and songs featuring the phrase “on gossamer wings”. (I know this because I googled!  It wasn’t only Cole Porter who used it!).

But there is nothing like seeing the real thing close up. I spent a while one day last week watching this tiny, beautiful Common Blue butterfly. It was magical way to spend time.


On Gossamer Wings Common Blue Butterfly wing detail Monday macro

Common Blue Butterfly: Wing Detail ©HelenBushe


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Rebel Girl · 29 August 2017 at 03:36


bushboy · 28 August 2017 at 23:46

Great photo Helen 🙂

    HMB · 2 September 2017 at 17:19

    Thank you

paulfraser11 · 28 August 2017 at 17:07

What an honour to see something so beautiful Helen. This year I’ve had four varieties visit the garden, but not a blue one. Fabulous picture and macro 🙂

    HMB · 2 September 2017 at 17:21

    Yes, I feel privileged to be allowed to get so close to them and watch them.

Laurie Graves · 28 August 2017 at 15:37

That blue beauty common? I don’t think so. 😉 Wish we had them in Maine.

    HMB · 2 September 2017 at 17:24

    Common Blue butterflies are the most common of all the varieties of blue we have in UK. But they’re not widely known. They only frequent very specific locations with the right kind of plants for them. They are my favourites

      Laurie Graves · 4 September 2017 at 16:29

      They would be mine, too.

whippetwisdom · 28 August 2017 at 09:50

What a beautiful butterfly Helen and the detail in your image is stunning! ☺ xxx

    HMB · 2 September 2017 at 17:24

    Thank you Xenia. Blues are my favourite butterflies xx

desleyjane · 28 August 2017 at 09:03

Oh my Helen, this is stunning. The textures in blue! Love it.

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