The Duke of Burgundy is quite a scarce butterfly, having declined substantially over recent decades. There are now just a few small colonies scattered around England and even within those sties they are very elusive and difficult to find. They are also tiny, with a wingspan of just 3cm and I only found this mating pair through the enthusiast's mobile phone grapevine. It was still quite a thrill to see them and especially to see that they are reproducing.More pictures of Selborne by Alan Whitehead...
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Wildlife in England
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION Model: NIKON D800
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority, Focal length: 150 mm, ISO: 400, Exposure time: 1/250 sec, Metering Mode: Spot, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: May 6, 2013, 12:41 pm
ImageID:1220259, Image size: 5712 x 3438 pixels
That is a lovely Pic.
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