Battered Butterfly

The wedge shaped damage to the wings of this Yellow Admiral butterfly suggests it narrowly escaped a bird.

Yesterday I had my first opportunity to use my macro lens to photograph a butterfly. Consulting the field guide, I think it could be a Yellow Admiral (Vanessa itea).

Despite its battered state, the butterfly was flying from one plum blossom to the next without trouble. I wanted to take more photographs but just as the butterfly took up the perfect position, the card in my camera filled, so I only ended up with this shot.  Oh well, it’s just the beginning of Spring here, so I’m sure there will be plenty more opportunities to photograph butterflies this year!




2 thoughts on “Battered Butterfly

  1. Looks like the bird had two goes at it unless the wings were folded up at the time, whatever, it had a lucky escape. Seems to be mostly Painted Ladies around here at the moment…. apart from the Cabbage Whites!

    1. Yes, I’ve seen a few Painted Ladies here too. We’ve had a few sunny days, followed by some quite cools ones. The butterflies are sporadic, but certainly beginning to have more of a presence.

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