Tuesday 20 December 2016

2016 Highlights. Butterflies Pt. 1.

Looking back at the 2016 butterfly season has actually been very satisfying, despite missing some of my targets that I had been determined to get to this year when I had been looking ahead 12 months ago. The obvious ones I missed this year were Large Blue, Black Hairstreak, Swallowtail and Purple Emperor. In the UK I ended the year with 43 species, 44 if I included a very brief flypast by a 2nd brood Swallowtail whilst I was in Norfolk. Of the species I did see I was very pleased to improve what I believe to be my best shots of several species. Here follows a selection of photos that I have been really pleased with over the first half of the season including a couple from France. Many of these were taken in the area which is only just over a mile from home. 

Male Brimstone. (Seaford).

Male Orange-tip. (Arlington).

Green Hairstreak. (Seaford).

Male Brown Argus. (Seaford).

Green-veined White. (Lewes).

Red Underwing Skipper. (The Cevennes).

Clouded Yellow. (The Cevennes).

Male Large Skipper. (Friston Forest).

Male Silver-studded Blue. (Midhurst).

Male Silver-studded Blue. (Midhurst).

Male Marbled White. (Seaford).

Small Heath. (Seaford).

Male Marbled Whites. (Seaford).

Male Marbled White. (Seaford).


  1. Incredible shots, and make me wish for warmer days. The snowdrops are piercing the ground now, so there is hope.

  2. Thank you for your lovely photos. Merry Christmas to you.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Simon, Matti and Nick for your kind comments throughout the year. Lets hope for a great 2017. Merry Christmas to you all.

  4. Merry Christmas Bob,thanks for 2016,it's been a joy looking at your Blog and Photography,I know 2017 is going to be a blast.
    Take care friend.
    John and Sue.