Steven Wharram, LRPS  

Happy butterflies by Steven Wharram, LRPS

November 2019 - Happy butterflies

About the Image(s)

This was taken in the summer for a local village photo contest, as well as with this Group in mind, on the subject of 'Nature'. I was on the lookout for something different to the usual birds and insects and little animals etc. I was fortunate enough to spot these two, enjoying themselves, whilst chasing a dragonfly. I took my photo and left them to it! :)

How I did it:
As usual, I've tried to keep manipulation to a minimum:
I cropped slightly to get a better composition
I tweaked the lighting a little to bring out a bit more of the pattern in the wings
Finally, I reduced to 750px

2 comments posted

Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
This may be a gold swift moth and according to what I've read is small brown moth, and has one of the most complex sex lives in the insect world. Despite the insect's unassuming appearance, a new study reports a variety and complexity in its mating patterns and sexual positions worthy of an insect Karma Sutra.

It looks like you have captured a moth mating ritual. I like the composition and the sharpness of the photo. It take a few seconds to realize the wings are overlapped since they look so much alike, but it is very easy to see the sharp detail of the moths. I also love the backdrop of bright green leaves and dark shadows.   Posted: 11/15/2019 14:46:20

Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Beautiful color contrast between the moths and the green of the leaves. The details in both are very sharp, and the position is one that you don't see every day!   Posted: 11/15/2019 17:51:19


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