The Green Veined White is one of the
most widespread species of butterfly across the British Isles,
and can be found all across England and Wales, and into the
southern parts of Scotland. It is noticeably absent from the
far north and Shetland Isles, which could be down to the
colder weather at both end of this insects season (typically
March until October).
The green veins are not actually green
but an optical illusion created by a mix of yellow and black
scales on the underside of this butterflies' wings, while the
top side is slight off white colour, with s small spot on each
forewing that becomes more pronounced as the months go by.
Increasing also in size as the summer approaches, those in the
south are typically smaller, but with slightly brighter
underwings than their norterly counterparts.
was taken at Blashford Lakes, a Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Trust nature reserve situated on the Hampshire and Dorset
border. Successfully created by flooding disused gravel pits,
Blashford is popular amongst bird watchers and photographers,
as the reserve fills up with thousands of waterfowl during the
winter months, with Geese, Egrets and Herons aplenty.
There are a good number of butterflies here, but it is the
dragonflies which are in abundance in the summer months, and
then of course there are the Blashford Kingfishers which see
the hides fill up with long lenses on a regular basis. The
best hide for photographing Kingfishers is the Goosander Hide,
where a 400mm lens will usually be sufficient to catch the
Kingfisher on one of the branches or posts in the water just
below you (if you are using an aps-c camera such as the Canon
7d mark ii or the Nikon D500).
Even with the equipment above you would
likely need to do a little cropping, so a longer lens such as
the Sigma 150-600 would be much more ideal. For photographers
with Full Frame sensors you may find that 400mm doesnt cut it,
therefore yuo really should be looking at the longer lenses.
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