Inconsiderate so and so's

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  1. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    WHY!!! do some butterflies land with there wings open, like the common swallowtail, so that I can get a photo and some with their wings closed (inconsiderate buggers!!!)

    Often the inside of the wings is the most beautiful.

    It is most frustrating!!! :Angry:
     
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    You just need a faster shutter speed ,patience and good timing.In order to take off the butterfly must open its wings,so as they move downward for the first time and before it gains any lift, PRESS THE BUTTON!
    Result ,butterfly still on leaf with wings open. :BigGrin:


    Vlad Bailey.
     
  3. Gooney

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    On the subject of butterflies last year we had an abundance of peacock butterflies on the Budlia bush by my front gate, some really beautiful examples, this year non at all, what we have got instead is loads of what I think are Cabbage Whites, anyone else notice this swing?
     
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    'Common Swallowtail', you should be so lucky! Common in S france, but rare as hen's teeth in the cold Uk!

    There seems to be certain times when the wings are flexed open, usually when air temps and radiant sunlight are the right combination, but I've never worked out what that is. Usually the damned things flutter for miles across the countryside never settling for an instant and when they do it's in an inaccessible thicket for an instant of a second.
    Makes photographing dragonflies seem positively simple!
     
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    I'm in Bristol at the moment right out in the sticks, managed to get quite close and snap a few pictures of butterflies as I was wandering from the car park to the hotel:thumb: hoping they came out ok I will post them when I get home today:Smile:


    Rob
     
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    Not a very good image, taken on my phone in France earlier this year...

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    If anyone wants to see or photograph Common Swallowtails there are plenty here in Norfolk around some of the broads. Although now getting late in the season they may still be around.
     
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    Recent phones take excellent close up photographs. If you set it for spot focusing you would have this beautiful butterfly nice and crisp rather than the grass that surrounds it.:Wink:
     
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    hi,
    as a general rule, butterflies rest with wings folded up over their backs and moths with their wings open but often butterflies will absorb the heat from the sun to warm their cold bodies prior to flight and by doing this with their wings open, absorb the max available.
    hope this helps to explain what you have observed. :BigGrin:
     
  9. GJH

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    We have to remember that Munchie is OLD so his reaction times are so much slower :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I find those with pins in the wings are most cooperative :BigGrin:

    Okay, I'm only kidding.
     

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