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Green Veined White Butterfly on Buddleia.

Green Veined White Butterfly.

Green Veined White Butterfly: Enjoying a feast on a buddleia.

Enjoying a feast on a buddleia.

Today we went to the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham. Based around a lake, which is teeming with wildlife. On the edge was this buddleia, which had attracted this Green Veined White Butterfly.

Until today, I have to admit I had not heard of this particular variant. Red Admiral, of course! But, not being a great wildlife expert, I had to spend quite some time researching to find out what variety this was.

It is listed under the common British species. Very attractive, it has unusual markings. The strong veins are not uncommon, but the pattern made it fairly easy to identify.

I was fortunate that it was clearly enjoying its feast too much to take much notice of the camera. With good sunlight, it was easy to use a fast shutter speed and fairly small aperture. This ensured that I got the best focus. Using the telephoto enabled me to keep my distance, and blur the background to reduce distraction.

The photograph of this Green Veined White Butterfly has been cropped. I wasn’t quite as close as the image suggests. However, with the quality of the camera sensor and the large image captured, it is possible to select part of the image without loss of quality when displayed on a computer screen.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 27 Aug 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 40-150mm 1:4-5.6
  • Focal Length 150mm
  • F/7.1
  • 1/320 Sec
  • ISO 200

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