Elusive Marsh Fritilliary Butterfly

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Winnie, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. This is the real reason I went down to Cornwall recently, to track down the elusive and threatened Marsh Fritilliary butterfly. It looks like a bad year for them on the reserves I visited as only a few specimens were flying and most of those were old and tired.

    I visited 2 reserves but concentrated on one of them as it had the most on the wing. I set out at 4.30am to arrive and be in place for sunrise and then also returned at the end of the day to capture them preparing to roost.

    All with tripod, most with mirror lock up and remote release.

    Evening shots
    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/180s f/7.1 at 180.0mm iso200

    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/320s f/7.1 at 180.0mm iso200

    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/125s f/7.1 at 180.0mm iso100

    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/160s f/9.0 at 180.0mm iso200

    Early morning shot
    Nikon D200 ,Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM
    1/6s f/9.0 at 180.0mm iso200

    Comments welcomed.

  2. Lowolf


    Jan 26, 2006
    great captures
  3. very nice, great detail
  4. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Beautiful shots. Love the one with the dew drops.
  5. Now I know why you came down here. Lovely photos. Are you coming down for this?

    Saturday 16th June – 1:00 pm – Deer Park Wood then Greenscoombe Woods, Luckett.
    One of Britain’s most threatened species, the Heath Fritillary butterfly still exists in Cornwall at Deer Park Wood in its managed habitat but is now again to be found at its original main Cornish colony at Greencoombe Woods, Luckett after it became extinct there after 2002. After a large re-introduction programme of captive reared adults last summer, and after much habitat restoration carried out by the Duchy foresters a couple of years ago, this butterfly should hopefully now establish itself in the open areas now available to it after many years shaded by conifers and other trees. We are fortunate that local expert on this species, Richard Vulliamy will lead us around both sites with a special detailed account of the re-introduction at Greenscoombe which was closely monitored by him and his daughter during summer 2006. Due to limited parking at both localities, it is suggested that parking takes place at Luckett village car park at O/S map ref. SX389737.
    Leader – Richard Vulliamy.
    For details and directions phone Richard on 01579 370411.
    Sunday 17th June – 11:00 am – Lydford Old Railway Reserve, West Devon.
    Meet at the Waterfall car park (SX500832) which is a further mile south-west of the main Lydford Gorge entrance. Bring lunch.
    Target species: Heath Fritillary.
    For details phone Jim Braven on 01822 852278.
    Kindly arranged by Devon Branch Butterfly Conservation.

    See this link.http://www.cornwall-butterfly-conse...?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=48

    BW. Bob F.
  6. Truly excellent shots!!

  7. Sadly no Bob, I spent all my brownie points with the wife when I visited for 3 days by myself this week!:wink:

  8. Thanks all, appreciate the feedback.
  9. George

    George Guest

    These are truly great images.
  10. Thanks George