As those of you who follow this blog know, I love macro photography. I also love butterflies.

Usually by this time of the year I’d have memory cards full of butterfly shots ( I work on the premise that for each hundred shots I take, I might get one or two good ones, if I’m lucky!). This year, sadly, butterflies have been in very short supply. To date, I have photographed only one single butterfly. A Painted Lady. In our garden. On a breezy day.

(The media are promising us a “once in a decade” invasion of Painted Lady butterflies, similar to 2008 (or 2009, depending on which paper you read), when 11 million of these beautiful creatures migrated from Africa to the UK. Here’s hoping for this year!)

Perhaps this lone visitor to our garden a couple of weeks ago was a scout or a trailblazer for its 10,999,999 travelling companions.

All images ©HelenBushe. Fujifilm X-T3. XF80mm Macro. f6.4. ISO 1250. 1/1800sec

With thanks to Irene of Heaven’s Sunshine for offering a new weekly challenge : Sunshine’s Macro Monday. If you visit her blog you’ll see some amazing macro photography.

Thank you for visiting me at PHOTOPHILE


aj vosse · 26 July 2019 at 07:32

Love your shots!! I’m with you… butterfly chasing is a bit of an obsession here! I must say, I’ve seen more Painted Ladies than and of the other reds combined. Tattered ones, which I suspect hibernated here in Ireland (sunny south east coast)… let’s hope that invasion begins before the summer falls on it’s back again… 😉

anitashope · 23 July 2019 at 02:29

Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    HMB · 23 July 2019 at 07:05

    And thank you for visiting my blog.

Irene · 22 July 2019 at 11:48

Beautiful! Butterflies and macro go perfectly together. Thanks so much for joining in on the challenge. Always glad to find another person who loves macro photography.

bushboy · 22 July 2019 at 09:23

Aren’t Painted Ladies the best. Yours is quite similar to the ones here

    HMB · 22 July 2019 at 11:17

    I love them . I am so hoping to see lots more this summer

Beams of Sunshine #1 | Heaven's Sunshine · 6 February 2020 at 17:29

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