Two brown butterflies / Две коричневые бабочки


Brown? Yes, not all butterflies have spectacular colours, and we wouldn't want to discriminate against the modest ones, would we? This post is about two brown butterflies, or a butterfly and a moth, to be precise.

The first one is called the speckled wood (Pararge aegeria). It often sits on the ground on dry leaves and isn't easy to spot when it doesn't move:


Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO160, f5.6, 1/500s

The second one is a moth called common heath (Ematurga atomaria). It likes to sit low down on heather, and as long as the heather is still brown, it blends in fairly well:


Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO200, f8, 1/250s

As soon as the heather turns green, they are much easier to spot:


Olympus XZ-1, 112mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/200s

As you can see in the last two photos, the common heath's colour and pattern vary a bit.

Thanks for watching!


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