Martin Down National Nature Reserve

Martin Down national nature reserve is a chalk downland with scrub and a good habitat for several different kinds of butterflies and flora at this time of year. I did spot, but failed to photograph, the Green hairstreak butterfly and you may also be more lucky than I to see the Marsh fritillary butterfly (Mentioned by several people I met). Here are the different types of butterfly I managed to capture, along with the Burnt-tip Orchid (There is a good showing this year) and a shot of a Cowslip on the visit this Saturday just gone.

The butterflies.

1) Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae).

Grizzled Skipper
Grizzled Skipper
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6

2) Three different compositions of a pair of Dingy Skippers (Erynnis tages).

Pair of Dingy Skippers
Pair of Dingy Skippers
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6

Pair of Dingy Skippers (2)
Pair of Dingy Skippers (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6

Pair of Dingy Skippers (3)
Pair of Dingy Skippers (3)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6

3) The Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

Brown Argus
Brown Argus
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

This showing the underwings

Brown Argus underwings
Brown Argus underwings
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

4) A Small Blue (Cupido minimus).

Small Blue
Small Blue
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6

5) Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).

Common Blue
Common Blue
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

The fauna.

1) Burnt-tip Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)

Single

Burnt-tip Orchid
Burnt-tip Orchid
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

A group of 3.

Three Burnt-tip Orchids
Three Burnt-tip Orchids
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

This one shows the leaves as well.

Three Burnt-tip Orchids with leaves
Three Burnt-tip Orchids with leaves
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

2) Cowslip (Primula veris)

Cowslip
Cowslip
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4

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GDG

Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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