Small is Beautiful

I went out early this morning to try and catch the Butterflies napping.

I am after the Skippers. I want the photographs  that show the difference between a Small Skipper and an Essex Skipper.

A little Skipper.

sMALL sKIPPERThe difference is tiny. The very tip of the underside of the antennae is black in an Essex and orange/brown in a Small Skipper. You can only see it if you look at the animal face on.

Small SkipperIt is not easy getting close to them, never mind getting in their little faces.

Small SkipperI have been advised to hum to them to hold their attention. I was told a low almost inaudible hum but the only tune that I could remember when the time came was Wagners “Flight of the Valkyries” inappropriate perhaps and  it requires some gusto to do it properly but it was the only thing that sprang to mind as I crept up behind yet another of the little blighters.

Small SkipperGotcha!

Small SkipperOrange tip on the underside of the antennae. That is a Small Skipper 100% Small. Excuse me while I savour my triumph.

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Small SkipperNow all that we have left to do is to catch an Essex, well, one is not much use without the other.

Fizz, fetch me my butterfly net.

12 thoughts on “Small is Beautiful”

    1. That is a hard one to answer just because newly emerged butterflies always look so fresh and colourful. I quite like the Common Blue, the underwing is soft and pastel and intricate. 🙂 I was looking hard for blues this morning but not this time 🙂


  1. I enjoyed this post so much! The photos are incredible, and I laughed when I learned Wagner was the secret of success in the photography. And maybe some patience too. 🙂


    1. Thank you Jet, I am so glad that you liked it. I am not entirely sure that the man who advised me to hum to them wasn’t taking the Mick because now I find it really difficult not to hum, just in case it works 🙂


  2. WOW! The details are amazing, which macro lens do you use? I have a Sigma 105mm and can’t get this kind of detail and I love doing bug photography. 🙂


  3. Um…what’s a lens 🙂 I use a bridge camera but it is a good one, Panasonic FZ200. In the UK you can get a new FZ200 for £300, nothing else to buy and that is why I use a bridge. I just couldn’t afford the stuff I would like. It is very small, goes macro to 24x in a second and if I drop it out of a tree (like I did my last camera) it won’t break the bank. 🙂 thanks for the great comment 🙂 I had good light today.


  4. You’ve outdone yourself with these Colin … Absolutely stunning photography … I’m typing this chuckling to myself at the thought of you humming flight of the Valkyries whilst getting these shots … Hehe 🙂


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