Wednesday 22 October 2014

Long-tailed Blue one year on.

Earlier in the year I was very surprised (amazed) to get an e mail from Philip Howse OBE who informed me he was writing a book concerning the colour, pattern and mimicry of butterflies. The book is called 'Seeing Butterflies' and the publishers had seen an image of mine that they wanted to use as the cover picture. At this point I checked it wasn't April 1st!!  I sent a copy of the photograph to him but never expected it to be used, so I was further surprised when I looked for the book on Amazon a few weeks ago and saw that the picture had indeed been used. The photograph was of the male Long-tailed Blue that Nigel had found at Birling Gap on October 5th 2013. Fortunately he had phoned me to tell me about the find and when I arrived we re-found the butterfly after a lot of searching. The book came out October 8th this year, one year and three days after the picture was taken. Once again a big thanks to Nigel for the great find!!

The original photograph.

The book is published in collaboration with the Royal Entomological Society and is available at all good book sellers!!


  1. Super shot Bob and very well done indeed.

    1. Thankyou very much John and Marc for your comments. Very much appreciated.