Yesterday I found out that the Spanish word for butterflies is mariposas.......what a beautiful and tender word for ‘my’ beloved insects! More than 20 years ago I visited Spain a few times but for other purposes than mariposas.
Since weeks we have summer temperatures in the Netherlands and fortunately the summer species are doing well at the moment. Yesterday we reached 35,5 °C!
The only bad thing is that the nights and early mornings are too warm and dewless; the butterflies are active very early and it’s almost impossible to photograph them.
So, the last days I photographed some species at day. A large amount of Gatekeepers is ‘populating’ my direct surrounding; too much to count! The Gatekeeper is a very active, more nervous, butterfly so sometimes I wonder who ever came up with the name Gatekeeper? This Gatekeeper flew away from me (I think I’m scary) very early but happily to a place where the first sun lighted up the background beautiful.
Two days ago I suddenly noticed a lot of yellow butterflies on Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). More than 10 hungry Brimstones were visiting this plant and I tried to photograph this butterflies with open wings at flight (they never rest or sit down with open wings). To catch them flying and to get a decent photo was very difficult. It was very windy and the flowers were moving too much; despite a quicker shutter time I did not get the photo which I had in mind. I also noticed that the background of most of the photos is terrible so I have plans for a new Lythrum location.
Yesterday evening I had a nice visitor; a Small Tortoiseshell (talking about names........). In the Netherlands a very common butterfly but in my direct area a rare guest.
Mariposas are lovely and I'm curious what the next days will bring!
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