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Purple Hairstreak
Comments(7) # Purple Hairstreak london e17

Finally I found a few butterflies the other day and this one was a particularly special find. It isn't actually a particularly rare species but you don't often get to see them (unless you're a tree-climber) as they spend most of the time up amongst the canopy of oak trees where they feed on the sugary deposits of honey-dew deposited by aphids. They're a feisty species and will often take on other insects including wasps that stray into their territory (actually from the pose it looks as though it's thinking about taking me and my camera on too). This description (and my picture) may lead you believe that this is some giant of the English Butterfly scene but no, this one had a wingspan of about an inch which is fairly typical. Canon EOS 40D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/250 sec
f 8
Flash: Fired