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!