Butterflies are among the most interesting insects to photograph.  Bright colours and dancing flight encourage any photographer to try to capture their beauty.
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Butterfly Gallery

The Painted Lady ,a beautiful migrant from North Africa. Some years scarce and some plentiful.
The tortoiseshell often comes out of hibernation to brighten spring days
The green Hairstreak shows striking  green colouring when its wings are folded. Found around Lough Fea,often in early June.
Another beautiful migrant. Red Admirals are large and showy.
In recent years,this butterfly has been less common than I remember it as a child.
Speckled Wood on Sedum They chase eachother among  brambles in woodland lanes
Green-veined White-a familiar butterfly, don’t confuse with Small White which has no green veins on underwing
The Orange tip male patrols its territory along ditches and hedgebanks in May.
Nettles are kept close to our garden so thatPeacock butterflies can lay eggs.
Always few in numbers,the Small Copper sometimes unexpectedly pays a visit to our garden in July.
Common Blue butterflies are frequent on the coast, but less often seen inland.
Aptly named, The Chimneysweeper moth is very localised. Flying rather weakly in the daytime over moist grassy areas and usually near water.
A friend finds strange plants arriving on his farm.                                                                   The plant is Elecampene.The Tortoiseshell settled.                                                                       I grabbed this shot with a compact and liked it..
Common Blue-a colony exists in an old disused gravel pit  about nine miles from Cookstown, and another just outside Dungannon.
Red Admiral ,Painted Lady & Hoverfly
A brickworks ,closed some years ago,used the clay scraped and taken off surrounding ground. Left untouched, this has developed into a wonderful nature reserve,with butterflies and orchids in abundance.
Common Blue on bramble.
Narrow bordered 5-Spot Burnet moth on clover