Butterflies in the Evening Meadow

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

The evening is so beautiful for photographing butterflies.  The lighting provided by the evening sun is much warmer, and coming from a low angle, which provides many possibilities for beautiful colours, highlights, and contrasts.  The butterflies are just that little bit less active, and as the temperature drops, they are seeking a place to roost among the flowers and grasses.  We were in our meadow until quite late last night – almost 9pm – and managed to snap a few pictures of the delightful little butterflies that are currently present in large numbers.  Last night we saw meadow brown, ringlet, small skipper, dingy skipper, large skipper, essex skipper, common blue, small tortoiseshell, large white, small white, speckled wood, comma, red admiral and purple hairstreak (the latter at the tops of the tree).  It was just beautiful.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday’s visit to the woods.

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Comma

Comma

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Small skipper

Small skipper

Small skipper

Small skipper

Essex skipper

Essex skipper