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The Magical World of Butterflies and Dragonflies Seen Through a Macro Lens

Photographing bugs and insects is quite addictive! I hope you will enjoy exploring the natural world with me.

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) with a May Fly held between his jaws.

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) with a May Fly held between his jaws.

One of those from down the river

One of those from down the river

A Banded Demoiselle

This morning, I went down to the Bure river, taking with me, my Nikon D200 camera and my Sigma 105mm macro lens. It was there that I came across a Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), a species of damselfly which belongs to the family Calopterygidae.

He was sitting alone when I first saw him, on a leaf which overhung the slow moving water. With his jet black eyes and his translucent green wings, I looked at him and he looked at me and then, without any prior warning, he flew away. He was gone for only an instant, soon returning, carrying with him a small flying insect clamped tightly between his jaws. And so it was that I watched him and he watched me, as he wound that blessed small creature right down into his open jaws. The poor mite! It too had wings that glimmered in the sunshine, but sadly, not for long, for soon the insects was no more. The Banded Demoiselle flew away and went back for another.

I stood a while, awaiting his return and sure enough, it was not long before he arrived with yet another flying insect grasped tightly between his jaws.

And, so it was that we became accustomed to one other, I to him and he to me as I stared down at him through my macro lens. He looked at me with those great big round eyes of his! How alert he was! How I marveled at his skill and his evident ability to feed himself single-handed with such skill. Not once did he return empty handed! And, so I left him, sitting alone on a leaf, only to find that a little way downstream, the mating season had begun for all the Banded Demoiselle and those who live down there.

Mating Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

Mating Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

The Amorous Couple!

It was there that I came across the amorous couple, two Banded Demoiselle(Calopteryx splendens) with their bodies so tightly adjoined that it seemed that they might never be parted! The male, he wore dark green and the female, well, she wore lighter green. How awkward they appeared, as they flew from one leaf to another, sometimes stopping for a rest. Several times they found themselves interrupted, by the unwelcome attentions of a male contender, whose ambition it seemed, was just to attempt to break up the party.

And so, I left them there to get on with their own private business.

Eastern Comma Butterfly – Polygonia comma Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)

Eastern Comma Butterfly – Polygonia comma Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)

It was then I saw an Eastern Comma Butterfly, just as beautiful as the day he was born. He wore his best; his wings spanned out, with such a beautiful array of reddish-brown and orange. He held his wings high and close to his sides, it seemed he mimicked a piece of bark which made it so easy for him to camouflage himself from prying eyes. He. paused to rest on a branch, perhaps because he just wanted to catch his breath a while, or was it perhaps, that he just wanted to feel the warmth of the sun beneath his wings?

I could only marvel as I watched him, fine soft hairs standing up on the back of his head. There was so much beauty contained in this the butterfly, surely something to be remembered and something to be shared! I wanted to cry out, to call to anyone who might be close, ask them to stop a while to admire this beauty! I so wanted to share this pleasure, this marvel before my eyes, but I was alone, so could do nothing but just stand and stare, and then he surprised me, for he flew up onto my arm. I stood very still, feeling his proboscis gently suck at the moisture on my skin. Perhaps it was the salt he tasted there and for one moment we became one! And, then, he was gone, having had his fill.

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And so, I searched for yet another butterly, perhaps one who might be resting on the bark of a tree or on a stray piece of bark found on the ground, for if you find one butterly there is sure to be another, especially in a nice warm sheltered spot.

Side by side two Butterflies soak up the sunshine

Side by side two Butterflies soak up the sunshine

A Lone Green-Veined White Butterfly

A passing Green-veined White (Pieris napi) a butterfly of the Pieridae family, flew quickly past me. I watched him twisting and turning in the air and then, just as anticipated, he drops down, to nudge another unsuspecting butterfly who is resting on the ground. They quickly fly up into the air and are soon on their way. For you see, it takes time. to understand, that butterflies are seldom left alone before a passing butterfly will always stop in to say hi, just like my Banded Demoiselle butterfly.

The 'nudge' is not confined to butterflies - a Hover fly tries to prevent a Green Veined Butterfly from feeding off his choice meal.

The 'nudge' is not confined to butterflies - a Hover fly tries to prevent a Green Veined Butterfly from feeding off his choice meal.

Nettles

A patch of nettles is where I find my next butterfly. I stretch over some nettles to observe him and feel the sting of the nettles as they brush my bare skin. I grab a Dock Leaf Rumex obtusifolius and hurriedly rub it on, in an effort to ease my pain. How very gracious of Mother Nature to provide a remedy just before my eyes!

Horse Fly

Then, I fall victim to the sting of a Horse Fly (Haematopota pluvialis). He lands without sight or sound and thirstily partakes of my blood, without first seeking my permission! Such a crafty little blighter. I whack him hard with my spare hand and flick him far from my skin.

A nasty horse fly bite

A nasty horse fly bite

Mating Season

And, so it seems that the mating season has already begun for when I reach the banks of the Bure river, my next encounter is with a pair of white veined butterflies whose bodies I find are firmly attached to one another. They can only flutter using clumsy strokes as they fly from one leaf to the other, the one in front, drags the other so I take my shot before they go on their way.

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Large White Butterly Feasting on Nectar

Large White Butterly Feasting on Nectar

Two Green Veined Whites Mating

Two Green Veined Whites Mating

Green veined white butterfly clearly showing it's proboscis as it sups nectar

Green veined white butterfly clearly showing it's proboscis as it sups nectar

A few interesting facts about Butterflies

The Green-veined White (Pieris napi) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family and is the most common butterfly that I encounter on the river. Their so-called green veins are a strange quirk of nature. Their color is created with a subtle combination of yellow and black scales which can be found beneath their wings. Butterfly wings are in fact transparent! Their wings are made up of many layers of chitin, a protein which makes up the exoskeleton of an insect. These layers are so thin that one can actually see right through them. They reflect light in many different colors and this is what gives the butterflies their beautiful color. As the butterfly ages. the scales will often fall off, leaving bare spots where the layers have been exposed. This makes them look rather tattered and torn.

Predators of Butterflies

Butterflies fold their wings up in order to blend in with their surroundings. Some will wear vibrant colors to try to fool their predators. They themselves are not toxic to other insects.

An Eastern Comma Butterfly Basking in the Sunshine

An Eastern Comma Butterfly Basking in the Sunshine

Butterflies are Cold Blooded

The ideal body temperature of a Butterfly needs to be around 85ºF for them to fly. If the air temperature falls below 55ºF they will be rendered immobile. This makes them easy prey for predators. When the temperature rises beyond 100ºF they need to seek shade in order to cool down.

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Butterflies Feed Only on a Liquid Diet

When butterflies first emerge from the chrysalis, the first thing they need to do, is to make sure that their mouth parts are working correctly! You can sometimes watch them as they curl and unfurl their proboscis. When you see a butterfly drinking from a muddy puddle of water, this behavior is known as ‘puddling’. It is more than likely that the butterfly will be a male as he needs to acquire minerals and salt from the muddy puddles in order to pass them onto the female when mating.The nutrients help to improve the viability of her eggs. The proboscis works very much like a drinking straw and is used to suck up nectar from flowers.

A peacock butterfly rests on a flower.

A peacock butterfly rests on a flower.

Newly Emerged Butterflies are Unable to fly!

When they first emerge from the pupal case, butterflies appear quite small and have shriveled wings. This is before they pump body fluids in to enable them to reach their full size. They will have to rest for a few hours to allow the fluids time to harden and dry before they can take their first flight.

Comma Butterfly

Comma Butterfly

The The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) Butterfly may only live as long as two weeks

The The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) Butterfly may only live as long as two weeks

The Life Expectancy of a Butterfly is a Short One

Having emerged from a chrysalis, the butterfly will need to focus time and energy on two basic tasks, eating and mating. Some small butterflies such as the blues only live for a few days. A few may overwinter such as the Monarch and Mourning Cloaks who can live for up to nine months but for most butterflies, life is very short, only about two to four weeks.

Butterflies can see ultraviolet colors which are invisible to humans It seems that butterflies may have ultraviolet markings on their wings to help them identify not only each other, but also the flowers which they need to feed on. The markings help them to identify a possible mate. It is thought likely that the flowers themselves have the ultraviolet markings too.

The European Peacock (Inachis io) Butterfly sucks the nectar of a wild water mint flower

The European Peacock (Inachis io) Butterfly sucks the nectar of a wild water mint flower

Butterflies are near sighted but can detect colors. From a distance of 10-12 feet, the butterfly’s eyesight is rather good. Things begin to get a little bit blurry beyond this! Butterflies need to rely on their eyesight for important tasks, such as finding a mate of the same species. They also need to find the right kind of flowers on which to feed.

Wild flowers for the butterflies

Wild flowers for the butterflies

Butterflies Taste with their feet!

Did you know that Butterflies taste with their feet? When a butterfly lands on a plant, it will drum the plant with its feet in order to release essential juices. Butterflies have spines on the back of their feet. These have chemoreceptor’s receptors in them making it possible for them to detect the right plant for themselves. When the female identifies the correct plant, she will also lay her eggs on it. A case in point is the Cabbage Patch Butterfly, which can so often be seen layings it eggs on my cabbage plants. One will see it flit from plant to plant until it finds the right one. Butterflies can also detect fermented juices in fruits and they will drink these too. That is why I sometimes put out a few bananas or wind fall apples for them to feed on.


A comma butterfly rests on a branch

A comma butterfly rests on a branch

Brown Argus Aricia agestis

Brown Argus Aricia agestis

The underside of a Peacock Butterfly

The underside of a Peacock Butterfly

The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.)  (upperwing)

The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.) (upperwing)

Wild Water Mint

Wild Water Mint

The flower of Wild Water Mint

The flower of Wild Water Mint

Bure River, norfolk

© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen

Comments

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 02, 2017:

Hello Mike,

Thank you! I appreciate your stopping by to comment.

Best wishes.

Sally

Mike Kerry on August 02, 2017:

You have a picture of 2 Green Veined White butterflies mating, which is correctly labelled. However, the following 2 photos of individual insects each labelled as Green Veined White, are in fact both Large White butterflies.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 26, 2015:

Kristen Howe

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on this hub, Nature and macro photography are two of my passions, I am so glad you enjoyed it.

Sally

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 26, 2015:

Kristen Howe

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on this hub, Nature and macro photography are two of my passions, I am so glad you enjoyed it.

Sally

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on September 23, 2015:

Sally, this was a beautiful hub. Those photos are lovely. I love butterflies! I bet that horse fly sting really hurts. I never heard of them. Thanks for sharing this beautiful nature hub.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 13, 2015:

adevwriting

Thank you so much. You chose to read and comment on one of my personal favourites. So glad you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing and photographing the images.

Sally

Arun Dev from United Countries of the World on August 13, 2015:

Butterflies and dragonflies are really amazing insects! The images were beautiful. Voted up!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on March 08, 2015:

peachpurple

I love macro photography. It is just the best. Your comment is valued and appreciated. Thank you.

Sally.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 08, 2015:

you really caught those photos? awesome pictures!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 12, 2015:

@ sallybea:

Hey, you are very welcome. Yes, they surely do.

Keep up the fascinating work.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 11, 2015:

kenneth avery

Thanks Kenneth:) The Butterflies and the Dragonfly are in no doubt of that, they know you are their greatest fan.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on February 11, 2015:

@ sallybea,

I am not snakesmum, and if you will permit me to offer this brief comment on your butterly/dragonfly images . . .EXCELLENT. SUPERB. I loved them. I just happen to be a huge fan of the Dragon fly.

Thanks and sorry for the interruption.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 11, 2015:

Snakesmum

It is always good to know that people are interested in helping to ensure the Butterfly and Dragonfly population. It pleases me to know that you enjoyed my images. Thank you for your visit and comment.

Snakesmum on February 10, 2015:

Butterflies and dragonflies are always welcome in my garden, and I've tried to have the right plants for them.

Enjoyed seeing your photos, especially the beautiful blue dragonfly!

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on February 10, 2015:

An absolutely fantastic collection of photos. These would be worth of a photography book! Thanks, Sally, for the beauty.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on January 27, 2015:

Dearest sallybea in Norfolk,

Hi. I appreciate these kind and sweet words. I am so blessed to have a Dear Special Friend like yourself in my life and following.

Just want you to know that.

Keep up the fine work.

Kenneth

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 27, 2015:

Hello Kenneth.

The Butterflies, Dragonflies are I are always happy to see you return. Thank you

Sally

Kenneth Avery on January 26, 2015:

Dear sallybea,

Question: What do you think of hubbers who drop by to make surprise-but-brief visits and just to say "hi" to you?

This question has bothered me for weeks.

And "hi," to you, dear friend.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 26, 2015:

colorfulone

How nice to find you on this page which is a particular favorite of mine - I never grow tired of the Dragonflies and Butterflies. I love all of them equally. The Peacock is a lovely butterfly though more recently I was able to photograph a Swallowtail - now that is a splendid specimen.

Thanks for taking time to stop by and to comment, it is much appreciated

Sally

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 26, 2015:

Very lovely photos and hub all around, Sally.

I would love to see some Peacock Butterflies.

Awesome!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 18, 2015:

Alun

Beautifully said Alun. For me there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation which comes with macro photography or just walking in nature. One never knows what one will see or encounter. It could be a snake or lizard basking in the sunshine or a butterfly which touches your shoulder. It is all there for us to see, we just have to open our eyes and all will be revealed.

It costs nothing but the rewards are food for the soul:)

Your comment is very much appreciated.

Best wishes

Sally

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on January 18, 2015:

Charming descriptions Sally of a simple past time that too many who have grown beyond childhood seem to have forgotten - the pleasure of walking through countryside just looking at the butterflies and in this case the damselflies, appreciating their colours and their day to day activities. Nothing can induce more contentment than walking amongst nature in this way - more people should try it!

And I know from experience how difficult it is to take good photos of insects because of their small size, constant activity and sometimes their timidity. It requires skill and patience, so well done. Alun

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on January 01, 2015:

January 1, 2015

Dear Sally,

Thank you. I truly believe that you are a very humble and talented girl with a bright future ahead of her.

God bless you, my Dear friend.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 01, 2015:

Thank you, I hope you have a terrific New Year too Kenneth and of course that goes to all my friends on HubPages.

Best wishes,

Sally

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on December 31, 2014:

Hello, Sallybea,

Just want to say to you and all on this hub:

"Have a Happy New Year. I hope the coming year will be better than this one. I appreciate you and every writer appearing on these boxes."

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on December 29, 2014:

Thank you very much, I very much appreciate the comment and I think the critters will too:)

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on December 29, 2014:

Gorgeous pictures, Sally! Voted up and beautiful.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 13, 2014:

Hi, sallybea,

You are welcome 110%.

You be blessed and take time to have some fun too.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 13, 2014:

Hello Kenneth,

Thank you, have a great week

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 13, 2014:

Hi, Sallybea,

Nothing pressing. Just wanted to stop by and say hello.

I hope you are having a peaceful niight and also hope you have a safe week.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 12, 2014:

Hi Iris,

Interesting enough, I picked up a Nikon Coolpix at a car boot for £2 and I used it to take some nighttime photos of fireworks - my first ever and they were amazing - far better than the ones I took on the same evening with my Nikon D300s. The coolpix has an automatic firework setting - absolutely brilliant. You can change the settings on your camera - check the online manual for simplicity or go to YouTube and watch a video.

We are dealing with two very different 'kettles of fish' here - mine is a SLR which is a lot more complicated but I never under rate what other camera's can do. Having a fancy camera does not make one a photographer:) I am glad I was able to help.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 12, 2014:

pateluday

I agree it can be physically demanding because you spend a good deal of your time on your feet but it is a joy, it there is nothing quite like having a private peep into the worlds of the little things in this world. It is truly awesome.

Thank you for your comment.

Uday Patel from Jabalpur, MP, India on October 12, 2014:

Macro Photography is physically demanding but success is rewarding by all means.

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on October 12, 2014:

Thank you, Sally! I currently use a little Nikon Coolpix that fits in my pocket. I'm what you'd call a rank amateur when it comes to photography. I use the "auto" setting. I don't know if I can adjust the aperture, but I will check. That was very helpful. I will also do some research on the camera you mentioned above. This was truly very helpful, and I sincerely appreciate it!!! :)

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 12, 2014:

Iris Draak

I am glad you stopped by this particular hub Iris as it is one of my personal favorites. Macro Photography is perhaps my favorite type of photography but I am willing to try anything. Of late I have enjoyed a lot of 'Street Photography' - I love meeting the people:)

I use a Nikon D300s with a Sigma 105mm Macro Lens OS and I do have a Nikon 18-200mm lens which is rather nice for general photography.

Obviously I don't know what equipment you are using but I can definitely recommend the ones above. Also look at a Canon Camera - I also recommend Sigma Lenses (Canon or Nikon fit) -Sigma lenses are likely to be cheaper than Canon or Nikon but all three are of excellent quality.

It does sound to me as if you are over exposing your images. You may have the ISO set too high! - 100 or 200 are about right. If you are shooting in one of the automatic or semi automatic modes such as aperture or shutter priority, you should check the exposure compensation value. If this is on the positive side you have been overexposing the images. You might need to look at your manual for this.

If you have an image on your computer which looks washed out, try right clicking on the image with your mouse and look at the properties. You will then be able to see what setting you took the actual photo at. This might help you to understand better what you might be doing wrong.

I might add that I bought and sold items on e-bay over many years to be able to acquire a few decent lenses and the camera. The latter was second hand but is a superb camera. I was fortunately to buy it with just a few actuations on it. It means a lot to me to receive such a nice comment on this hub in particular.

Please feel free to email me privately if I can help -

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on October 12, 2014:

Sally, this article (and particularly the photos) has completely captivated me. I just keep thinking about it; it has become (hmm, how do I describe this...) like a comfortable little pillow in my mind. My mind wanders back to it, rests on the images, gets refreshed and then moves on only to come back again. Your talent for photography is obvious and you obviously have the appropriate gear. While I don't tend to do this type of almost-micro photography I find myself very displeased with my current point and shoot camera. Would you be willing to share some tips and recommendations for a good camera set-up? The problem I struggle with the most is that my outdoor pictures are often washed-out looking. I have no clue what I'm doing, and you obviously do! :)

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 02, 2014:

kenneth avery

That is strange - I hope you have a lovely week-end

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 02, 2014:

sallybea,

You are very welcome for my honest comment to you.

Last night, Oct. 1, I did not get ONE comment from HP. I think my Yahoo Mail was compromised, but now that has been corrected. But if you will, respond to this comment ASAP, so I can get YOUR response and I will be very appreciative.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 26, 2014:

Thank you very much Kenneth, enjoy your week-end too.

Sally

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 26, 2014:

sallybea,

Have a safe and peaceful weekend and keep up the fine writing.

Kenneth

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 26, 2014:

MarleneB

I appreciate your visit and also your very kind comments. I am so glad you enjoying seeing the images, as much as I enjoyed photographing them, It is always my pleasure to share them.

Thank you so much

Sally

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 26, 2014:

Wow, this was very enlightening. I learned a lot - even about the little things, like I didn't know butterflies could not fly when they were first born, or that they were nearsighted. Wonderful information and the photos are quite captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking at the photos.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 20, 2014:

Dear sallybea,

You are extremely-welcome.

I only told you the heartfelt truth. I am impressed and blessed by you and your writing.

And some in our society say there is no God.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 17, 2014:

ecogranny

Thanks for paying one of my favorite hubs a visit. Dragonflies and Butterflies are two of my favorite things to photograph. I am so glad you enjoyed the images and the info.

Sally

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on September 17, 2014:

What fabulous photographs! I had no idea butterflies could see ultraviolet light, or that flowers and plants have ultraviolet markings as well. Wonderful page. Thank you.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 09, 2014:

Dear friend, sallybea,

You are sincerely-welcome. I know talent and genuine friendship when I see it. And when I met you through the first hub of yours that I read I knew then that YOU ARE REAL and very GENUINE.

Your Friend for Life,

Kenneth :)

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 08, 2014:

kenneth avery

What a lovely thing to say. I am always delighted to have you grace one of my pages, especially this one. I value your continued support and friendship.

Thank you

Sally

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 08, 2014:

Dear sallybea,

I did have a great time reading your materials. You are like I said, very talented and creative.

Just keep on writing and never stop, as a big favor to me.

I am glad that I found you and you are my friend and follower.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on September 08, 2014:

pateluday

Thank you so much, I am delighted that you enjoyed seeing some of my Butterflies and Dragonflies. I love photographing them.

Uday Patel from Jabalpur, MP, India on September 07, 2014:

Amazing Photographs, I must learn more about these beautiful insects as naturalist.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 28, 2014:

Pawpaw writer - thank you very much. It is always nice to find someone writing here who enjoys the natural world. I was struck by the name under which you write here - it refers to the papaya fruit or paw paw as it is known in South Africa or, perhaps it is a name given to one of your furry friends!

I appreciate your visit and your very kind comment,

Sally

Jim from Kansas on August 28, 2014:

Love the photos. I've been getting some good butterfly pictures this year. I've never seen a peacock butterfly. Very pretty.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 27, 2014:

Hello Kenneth

I am delighted you found your way to this Hub. I am glad my enjoyment of both photography and the little critters our there was able to shine through. I am very grateful for your continued support and friendship, thank you so much

Sally

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on August 27, 2014:

Hello Dear sallybea,

Absolutely wonderful hub through and through. From the text to the graphics and your passion for the topic . . .Perfect hub.

No wonder I am so grateful for your friendship and following. I could learn lots from you how to write a better hub.

Keep up the fine work.

Your Friend for Life.

Kenneth

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 27, 2014:

Iris Draak

Your comment hit all the right spots for me and I am delighted to meet another wannabe entomologist. Thank you so much for your visit.

Best wishes,

Sally

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on August 27, 2014:

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful but it is your writing style that pulled me in. I am a wannabe entomologist so this article hit all the sweet spots for me. Lovely. Just lovely.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on August 19, 2014:

Dolores Monet

Yes, the Common Blue is a little stunner. I am delighted you stopped by to visit this Hub - definitely one of my personal favorites. I love macro photography and the little insects in nature bring me so much pleasure.

Thank you

Sally

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 19, 2014:

Wow, your pictures are awesome! I love the Common Blue - what a beautiful creature.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on May 25, 2014:

Cris Sp

Your very kind comments are much appreciated. I am delighted that you found this hub as it is one of my personal favorites. Thank you very much for the vote up, pin and share - best wishes

Sally

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on May 24, 2014:

Oh wow! This is a very delightful article with lovely images. Absolutely stunning! Great job in capturing these beautiful creatures.

Voting up, beautiful, pinning and sharing.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 23, 2014:

KrisL

I and glad you were able to come with me and walk with the Butterflies and Dragonflies. I am so looking forwards to Spring when I know they will be back to once again, to entertain and beguile me with their antics. Thank you for lovely comment and the tweet too.

Best wishes

Sally

KrisL from S. Florida on February 23, 2014:

Beautiful. It was good to get a look at some European butterflies which we don't see in the US. Tweeted it too.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on February 17, 2014:

Tolovaj - I appreciate the great comment. Thank you for your comment.

Sally

Tolovaj on February 16, 2014:

Fascinating creatures and great photos. You sure know how to use a macro lens!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 30, 2014:

2uesday- It sure is good to know that it won't be long before we can feel the warmth of Summer. I can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive, when the Butterflies and Dragonflies will once again be waiting for me down by the river.

2uesday on January 30, 2014:

Lovely photos and so nice to see them in January.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 29, 2014:

Thank you for your lovely comments, the share and vote up Shyron E Shenko. It is people like you who make this such a great community in which to write.

Butterflies and Dragonflies are certainly two of the things which contribute to making my world a very special place. Your comments are very much appreciated.

Sally

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 29, 2014:

Sally, your pictures are picture poetry. I love Butterflies.

How can anyone not believe?

When you see Walking with Butterflies and Dragonflies

Pictured by Sally Bea

Voted up +++ shared

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 23, 2014:

Hello chef-de-jour

Your response to this Hub is quite beautiful. You understanding of Nature shines through your words. I have the sense that you have learned how to blend into the natural world, quietly listening, observing and absorbing all that you see around you. These are rare qualities to learn.

You are correct. This past year was a wonderful year for the butterflies and the dragonflies. It was pure joy for me to be a part of it all.

I look forward very much to Spring when I too can watch the Barn Owls which patrol the fields around here. Just watching them makes one feel truly privileged.

Thank you so much for sharing your own beautiful writing on this page. I feel honored to have received such an insightful comment.

This Hub, of all my Hubs gave me inordinate amount of pleasure to write.

Sally

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on January 23, 2014:

A really special display of photographs, thank you. Your writing is a perfect match, some great descriptions of the creatures and your emotional responses give it that extra edge. Quite poetic.

As a Nature lover and amateur student of the wild I can relate to these detailed images - such stunning colour and design - always a wonder - that symmetry is hard to beat.

I think last summer was a good season for the butterflies;they certainly need it what with the pressure they're under.

I just got back from an evening walk. A phantom barn owl was patrolling his patch, up and down silently looking/listening or a vole or mouse?

Votes and a share for this marvelous hub.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 21, 2014:

oceansnsunsets - I am so glad you enjoyed this Hub. it is a personal favorite of mine as I love photographing Butterflies and Dragonflies. I hope you will continue to enjoy taking photos of these little creatures. They are so very endearing. I very much appreciate your visit, the vote up and the very kind comments.

Sally

Paula from The Midwest, USA on January 21, 2014:

A really lovely hub! Thank you so much for sharing this information and the pictures. I especially loved the dragonfly photos, and have been trying to capture more of those with my camera over time. Great information too, voted up!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on January 07, 2014:

Rasimo - Macro photography has to be one of the most interesting pastimes. I do love being outdoors with 'my critters' - they bring me such a lot of pleasure. Thank you for the compliment, I very much appreciate your visit

Rasimo on January 07, 2014:

Sallybea, amazing photographs, you are really a great specialist at this! Nice to see this Hub.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on December 09, 2013:

JoyLevine

You are so very welcome. I am glad you were able to come on a walk with me and my butterflies and dragonflies. I especially appreciate the comment about my photographs.

Thank you.

Sally

JoyLevine from 3rd Rock from the Sun on December 09, 2013:

What a lovely article. Thanks for sharing such a beautifully detailed account with all the lovely pictures!

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on December 05, 2013:

D.A.L.

Lovely to receive a visit from someone more 'local' to me. I very much appreciate your kind comments, particularly about this Hub which is one which I loved writing. There is nothing like meeting the little critters in their own environment. Photographing them is a privilege for me and one of my great pleasures.

Thank you so much.

Sally

Dave from Lancashire north west England on December 05, 2013:

sallybea,

nice to have found such a beautifully written hub, about a beautiful subject. The photography is exceptional. Well done! Voted up and beautiful.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 22, 2013:

Denise Handlon - you are welcome anytime, thank you for your comment - Peace to you too. :)

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 21, 2013:

Returning once more to enjoy this incredible hub with the most beautiful photographs. Peace to you. :)

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 20, 2013:

JPSO138 - I am so lad you enjoyed Walking with Butterflies and Dragonflies. I very much appreciate your visit - thank you.

Sally

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 20, 2013:

Wow, this is indeed a great hub. The pictures are so alive with informative details. Truly, it amazes me...

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 19, 2013:

annart - I am so glad that you found time to come back to visit Walking with Butterflies and Dragonflies - I so enjoyed writing this Hub. I do agree with you about Damselflies and Dragonflies - I especially love the way that they look at your with those quizzical big eyes - their little heads bobbing this way and that. They are amazing, extraordinary that they can catch another insect on the wing! I have even seen them eat Butterflies

I bet you were thrilled by the sight of that wasp being crunched up by the Dragonfly. Nature sure is a magical thing - it holds so many surprises - we just need to keep our eyes open to see them.

Thanks for your comment

Sally

Ann Carr from SW England on November 19, 2013:

Wonderful photos with so much information! I love damsel and dragonflies; they are so delicate to look at yet so prehistoric in their behaviour. I once had a garden with two ponds; summertime was marvelous, watching the dragonflies whizz to and fro. There must have been 50 at the same time one sunny afternoon. Also, I once saw a bright green/yellow dragonfly eating a wasp - only the wings were left and you could hear the crunching! Great hub, well written. I was there with you.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 18, 2013:

I love butterflies and all things small and beautiful, well, the ugly ones too, more especially when they come under my macro lens. I did notice that you had a Monarch among your Hubs - I was going to go back to it. Thank you so much for your kind comments re my photography.

Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on November 18, 2013:

What fantastic photos! I love butterflies and have been helping the monarchs in Tenerife.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 06, 2013:

tobusiness - how kind of you. I am so glad you enjoyed the images of nature in all their glory. This is one of my favorite Hubs - guess those little critters just can't help it - they stole my heart. Thank you very much.

Sally

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 06, 2013:

Wow...what a fabulous hub!! the images are absolutely stunning, showing nature in all it's glory.

Excellent work.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on November 03, 2013:

AliciaC - you are so very welcome. I am glad you enjoyed your walk with Butterflies and Dragonflies. Thank you for your visit and your comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 02, 2013:

The photos in this hub and the colors of the insects are lovely! The facts are very interesting, too. Thank you for creating such an enjoyable hub.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 26, 2013:

cam8510 - I am so glad to hear that you enjoy macro photography as do I. I love dragonflies. They really are the most amazing little creatures. They bring me so much pleasure - those little faces, they just look up at me with their little heads bouncing from side to side. Their curious little faces always look to me as if they are trying to understand who it is and what it is that is prying on them. I never get tired of photographing them. Thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Sally

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on October 26, 2013:

I really enjoyed the macro photography here, Sally. I have spent hours getting shots of dragonflies. I simply takes patience, doesn't it? I also appreciate your knowledge that you share in this hub. It is all very interesting. Thanks.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 08, 2013:

Denise Handlon - how amazing that you have a Norfolk and also a Suffolk like us here in the UK - unfortunately not thirty miles from you but also about a similar drive from each other in the UK.

I love my little creatures and it is always a pleasure for me to watch their behavior and also photograph them.

Thank you so much for the vote up, Pinterest and FB - share. It is much appreciated.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 08, 2013:

moonlake - it is not about that - I am sure you images give you and others much pleasure. Glad you enjoyed my butterflies and dragonflies though. Thanks for the vote up.

moonlake from America on October 08, 2013:

Your photos are beautiful they make mine look sick. I enjoyed your hub such beautiful butterflies. Voted up

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 08, 2013:

It takes incredible patience to photograph butterflies! What amazing photos these are. I've never seen a peacock butterfly-the colors are stunning. Like jewels.

We are neighbors. I live across the border just 30 min drive south of Suffolk, VA

UP and across/nix funny. Pinterest, FB and shared.

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 07, 2013:

Beth37 - I am delighted that my Hub reminded you of your daughter as you so clearly think a lot of her. Perhaps you will share it with her. I hope that she will learn that her Mum thinks she is magical - how special is that!

I guess I have always been drawn to nature and all the things in it - perhaps those of us who are see something in it which others miss because they are not looking for it. This definitely makes your daughter special.

Beth37 on October 07, 2013:

I loved this article as dragonflies remind me of my daughter... she is a magical kind of girl. She just did a report on dragonflies with pics and a model, which she said all the kids clapped for. I wish she could have read your article first. lol

Sally Gulbrandsen (author) from Norfolk on October 03, 2013:

I very much appreciate your visit Jo Goldsmith but especially your comments on my Butterfly and Dragonfly Hub. It is nice to hear that you enjoy Butterflies as much as I do. Many thanks for the share and the tweet.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on October 02, 2013:

This is a very awesome hub! I love butterflies. I have several pairs of butterfly earrings. They help soothe me for when I need to go out on errands. Thank you so much for sharing this useful and beautiful photos. Shared, tweeted and Up +++

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