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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Speckled Wood for Aynia Reply with quote



Aynia, you metioned Speckled Wood - here is one photographed at my local nature reserve recently (04 May).
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This species is more widespread than it used to be. It is now resident in my garden, which has some native trees and shrubs and backs onto farmland.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh wow. I do love butterflies. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems I may have seen these before. Nice details in this Graham, the wings of butterflies are really hard to photograph sometimes. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice capture!

I've noticed something weird about specked woods (which seem very common round my way) - they are the only insect I know of which always flies away when you take a picture of them with flash. They don't seem to like the sudden flash light. I've managed several shots without flash but if I ever try to shoot one with flash the butterfly has usually started to take off by the time the picture is taken (probably due to TTL preflash)...
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lauriek wrote:
Nice capture!

I've noticed something weird about specked woods (which seem very common round my way) - they are the only insect I know of which always flies away when you take a picture of them with flash. They don't seem to like the sudden flash light. I've managed several shots without flash but if I ever try to shoot one with flash the butterfly has usually started to take off by the time the picture is taken (probably due to TTL preflash)...


Have you checked this out with other woodland species, such as the Silver-Washed Fritillary or the Purple Emperor?

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Harold,

I've not seen either of those species in the wild so I've no idea.. I suspect you are on the right lines though!

Funnily enough I was going to add a further comment to this thread, my previous comment was based on experience with a dozen or so of these butterflies over the last 2-3 years, normally in woodland. I found one in the garden yesterday in very bright sun, and it did not seem too bothered by the flash, it did fly off in the end but I think that was because I got a bit too close, but I mananaged several shots with flash and it was fine.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lauriek wrote:
Hi Harold,

I've not seen either of those species in the wild so I've no idea.. I suspect you are on the right lines though!

Funnily enough I was going to add a further comment to this thread, my previous comment was based on experience with a dozen or so of these butterflies over the last 2-3 years, normally in woodland. I found one in the garden yesterday in very bright sun, and it did not seem too bothered by the flash, it did fly off in the end but I think that was because I got a bit too close, but I mananaged several shots with flash and it was fine.


Acclimatisation or speciation?

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acclimatisation would be my guess - would need further experimentation to be sure though!! Smile
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