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FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 f19 Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. 12/07/03.

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 f16 Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. 21/06/03.

Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly (Mesoacidalia Aglaia)

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 f16 Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. 21/06/03.

A very common Fritillary butterfly that I often see in a favourite place when out filming.
It prefers coastal dunes and open grasslands which is where I normally see them at the edge of a large wheat field at Farley Mount near Winchester, UK. Feeding on Thistle and Knapweed flowers as my pictures above. After a while, this powerful flying butterfly seems to trust me with my camera and I end up with loads of nice pictures. Easily recognizable from the dotted pearly white spots over olive green tinges on the underside of their wings. Their main food plant is Common Dog-violet. There is usually one generation per year.