Butterflies on mint / Бабочки на мяте

It looks sunny outside today in The Netherlands, so I will be off shortly to go butterfly hunting. In the mean while, here are some photos I prepared earlier. (I hope "Бабочки на мятой" is proper Russian, I don't want to swear at you by mistake 8-)

These are photos of butterflies on a plant called water mint (Mentha aquatica), a close relation of spear mint (Mentha spicata), with which it can from a hybrid called peppermint (no, I'm not making this up). The area where this mint grows smells strongly of mint, and it is a good place to take photos of butterflies, as they seem to like the stuff.

A green-veined white (Pieris napi):

Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO200, f8, 1/320s

An Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola, called European skipper in North America):

Olympus XZ-1, 112mm, ISO100, f5.6, 1/200s

And, of course, the mint moth (Pyrausta aurata):

Olympus XZ-1, 112mm, ISO100, f5.6, 1/125s

These mint moths are tiny, about 12mm across, and very active and difficult to photograph. Here's my favourite photo of one, not on mint though:

Olympus XZ-1, 112mm, ISO100, f4, 1/200s

And now, off into the sun. Thanks for watching!

Comments 1

Привет! Я робот. Я только что проголосовала за Ваш пост! Я нашла похожий контент, в котором могут быть заинтересованы читатели:

04.04.2017 08:54

The cheetah here is as sharp as ever.

04.04.2017 08:55