Friday, 17 May 2013

Mosaic Magic

The Marsh Fritillary
Euphydryas cynthia ( Nymphalide )

 
The Marsh Fritillary is such a colourful butterfly, with markings just as attractive on it's underwings but in subdued colours.It's wings are narrow by fritillary standards, and often open when sun basking.Wingspan is 4,5-5,2cm. It favours marchy ground, but also moorland up to 2,000m. As you can see, this one is basking on the arm of a garden chair.

52 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

it looks like the inspiration for stained glass. :)

Noushka said...

Very nice pictures of this fritillary!
I am amazed you got the Tree creeper at your feeder!
I only have a glimpse at them along tree trunks...
Cheers!

Giga said...

Piękny motyl z ciekawymi wzorami na skrzydełkach. Pozdrawiam.
Beautiful butterfly with interesting patterns on the wings. Yours.

Adam said...

nice butterfly

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

Wow, what a wonderful butterfly. Lucky you to see and photograph it. Great pictures. I really enjoyed them. greetings, Joke

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Fritillary images.

susan said...

what a beauyiful butterfflt. good shot !!!!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh how I love the beauty of a butterfly :)

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
Quite true! I'm sure many artists
take their inspiration from nature.

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
Quite true! I'm sure many artists
take their inspiration from nature.

Breathtaking said...

Noushka
So nice to see you here Noushka:)

Thank you, the fritillary in question is quite a slow lazy butterfly,so I got really close and these photos were a doddle!

Not so, for the tree creeper, but fortunately they do come to the feeders occasionally.I have tried to capture them unsuccessfully on tree trunks but they are deceptively fast little movers.

Breathtaking said...

Giga
Yes indeed! An attractive butterfly with distinctive pattern.

Breathtaking said...

Adam
Yes, quite showy! Thank you for your visit.

Breathtaking said...

Joke (Jokes Camera)
Yes it was a lucky encounter.I'm so pleased you like it Joke. Thank you!

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell
Thank you Bob! Always appreciate your visits:)

Breathtaking said...

Susan
Thank you Sue! Butterflies are always a welcome sight in the garden, even if they hog my garden chair!!

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist

A priviledge to observe and admire
these flying flowers are indeed very beautiful.
Thank you for your visit Keith:)

Julie Hargreaves said...

Great butterfly photos

Maria said...

I didn't know this kind. I also didn't get this update. I'm so glad you're seeing your signs of spring.

Breathtaking said...

Julie Hargreaves
Thank you Julie!

Breathtaking said...

Maria

We are still getting lots of rain but in sunny intervals, as if by magic the butterflies appear.

Victor Aranda said...

Un mosaico mágico, pero tambien muy efímero.
Saludos

Breathtaking said...

Victor Aranda
So nice to see you here Victor:)

Sadly it's life is transitary, but through photography butterflies live on, and their beauty can be admired long after they have died.

magda said...

Amazing photos my dear friend Sonjia!!!
You are a big photo-talent!!!
Many greetings and kisses

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

What a beauty!!!.. Love it.. A regard from Madrid..

Breathtaking said...

magda

Thank you Magda:)You are always so generous and sweet with your comments.
Hugs and kisses.

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella
It is a lovely butterfly,.. so pleased you like it Ana.
Um Abrazo

Maia said...

it has very beautiful color and a rich pattern.
You did a great job with this detailed macro shot.

Breathtaking said...

Maia
So pleased you like it Maia.Thank you for your lovely comment.

S. Etole said...

This shows the markings so well.

Stiletto said...

This is absoltely beautiful, like a lighted tiffany lamp. Its rather furry for a butterfly - must be due to the cold.

marijke said...

You have disapeared from my blogroll. I think somehow I pust the wrong button and did not know where to find you. But I found you!!!!
What a fantastic photo of the butterfly I can't wait till they arrive in my garden again. But that will be a couple of month's.
Have a wonderful weekend Sonja.

Breathtaking said...

S. Etole
I was lucky to get some closeups.

Breathtaking said...

Stiletto
I like your analgy:)Yes, I can see the similarity to a Tiffany lamp.
Thank you Stiletto for your lovely comment.

Breathtaking said...

marijke
Well I'm glad you found me, and so pleased you like the butterfly:)

Thank you for your visit Marijke, and enjoy your weekend also.

Rohrerbot said...

Love the Fritillary family. There are so many variations and they are quite spectacular butterflies:) I'm so glad they're back again. Winter is nice but summer does bring out the color in our gardens and wildlife:)

Mary Brown said...


The Marsh Fritillary is a mosaic magic, no doubt. It is very beautiful. kisses

Breathtaking said...

Mary Brown
So glad you like it. They are very beautiful on the underwings also, which I haven't shown here but will do one day.
Hugs.

Barbara said...

Awesome butterflies,

Maria said...

This is a beautiful Fritillary. I was only familiar with the Gulf Fritillary.

Breathtaking said...

Barbara
The striking Fritillaries are as you say awesome. Thanks for passing by Barbara:)

Breathtaking said...

Maria
There are so many fritillaries and they are all so beautiful. I have never seen a Gulf Fritillary:(

Have a nice weekend Maria:=)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love Monarch Butterflys :)

juani espejo jurado said...

Un magnifico reportaje y buen montaje.
Cada día me sorprendes mas, sigue así compañero
Un gran saludo de un amigo

Sonia Aguiar said...

Querida Sonjia, eres muy afortunada de poder fotografiar esta mariposa sobre el fondo blanco, el colorido se aprecia muy bien. ¡Muy buenas fotos!
Un abrazo. Sonia.

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist
So do I Keith. Thank you for passing by:)

Breathtaking said...

juani espejo jurado
Thank you so much:)The butterfies are only now beginnng to appear, so from now on I will be posting more.

Breathtaking said...

Sonia Aguiar
Thank you dear Sonia:=) Yes it was most abliging!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Just wanted to stop by and say I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful butterfly and beautiful picture! Have a great Sunday :-D

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist

Ah! Thank you Keith:) I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. I will see you soon.

Breathtaking said...

Stephanie
Thank you for your visit and for leaving a lovely comment Stephanie:)

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