In the big garden of the accommodation in the Provence was a place with lower trees and bushes which was very popular with the Southern White Admiral. The first time I saw and photographed this species was in 1993 in the Estérel; last year in the Luberon I saw him regularly but unfortunately not resting. The Southern White Admiral has a graceful flight, it glides with wings open between wing beats and can be often found resting at about head height on shrubs and trees as this species is defending the territory.
This year was different. On the hottest days he was resting in the afternoon on head height on shrubs and approaching this species was a real challenge as the butterfly is very very shy. Everything what is passing will be attacked, he also attacked me and touched my arms. At first sight it seems that it was the same butterfly but from my photos I learned that every day an other Admiral was resting on the same spots.
I'm not the complaining type, but it costs me a lot of sweat and unsharp photos to catch this species.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.