Early spring

By: Arjen Drost

Apr 06 2014

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Category: Butterflies, insects, nature, Photography, spring


Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/640 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Green Hairstreak

Spring is early this year. After a warm winter we’re having a warm spring as well, resulting in nature being a lot quicker as normal… Last weekend I tried to find some sunbathing Vipers, but I guess they didn’t need to get warm in the sun, as it was already warm enough. To my surprise I found a tiny green butterfly hanging in a heath bush. It turned out to be a very early Green Hairstreak. While I was trying to get some nice pictures of this gorgeous butterfly, I started to feel sorry for her. As she was so early, she probably had to wait a long time to find a mate… While thinking about that, a second individual arrived at the scene and it turned out to be love at first sight. After a very short courtship, they started mating, giving me a good opportunity to take some nice pictures.


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