A pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. The species gets its name from the pale blue, reflective spots on the underside of the wings. The spots (or studs) can be seen on the female in this shot which is the lower butterfly.
Photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire, England in the mid 1990s. The butterflies on Prees Heath are isolated, the nearest other colony being some distance away in North Wales. In fact this population is the only one found in central and northern England. The species is not found in Scotland.
Dew on grass at sunrise, Shropshire, England.
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Liquid.
I was actually set up in a portable hide (blind) at a Rabbit warren waiting for a Red Fox to show up and start hunting Rabbits. The Fox never appeared but I noticed the early morning light sparkling on the dew drops on the grass seed heads. As I didn’t want to leave the hide in case the Fox made an appearance I was working on compositions from the lens opening and using a mix of telephoto lenses and teleconverters for different framings.