08.30.2021 A pleasant chase

While at MacLeod Field yesterday morning, I spotted this flash of orange and having seen several Pearl Crescents thought it to be one.  But upon a closer look I was mistaken.

Silver-bordered Fritillary-Boloria selene

When I first spotted this individual it was flitting, as butterflies do, from plant to plant with me chasing it with my tripod mounted camera in hand.  I pictured myself as one of those cartoon butterfly chasers with net waving for the catch. Each time I would draw close away it would fly.  But eventually it found a spot it liked and settled down for a fun modeling session.

As it moved to a different perch I decided to take the risk and slowly wandered around to the right and did manage a headshot of sorts.

Unlike yesterday’s Cabbage White, these are not pesty to crops although they do munch on violets as young ones which i guess threatens posies.  The adults, as most all leps do, dine on nectar and pollinate while doing so.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 08.30.2021 A pleasant chase

  1. picpholio says:

    This is a very nice butterfly, thanks for the beautiful pictures.

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    These are wonderful Steve and we both really love the 3rd shot. But here’s a thing, have I missed something .. the top-side of the wings in the 1st pic look different to the 2nd/3rd photos (?) Are those “Pearl Crescents”, I’m confused.

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  3. As you’ve already commented, we both did orange butterflies this morning.


  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Wonderful photographs – you evidently had a great butterfly hunt!

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  5. Very nice series of butterfly images Steve!

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Butterflies are not easy to photography. Your patience and persistence rewarded you with some outstanding photos, Steve.

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  7. Very nice series for your efforts, Steve!
    I had a chuckle at you and the tripod dance, the butterfly leading.

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  8. Tina says:

    Your patience and coordination paid off–great set of shots!

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  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderful series, Steve. All beautifully shot and I found your final image to be particularly appealing in its pose and the composition.

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    • Thanks, Jane! I usually start with the first composition from a respectable distance and then try for something with a bit more “personality”. I was lucky this one didn’t mind my jockeying around for that last shot.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    The underside of the wings do have that ‘look’ of a fritillary. If I’d seen it only from the top, I wouldn’t have recognized it for what it is.

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    • My first reaction was that I was seeing a Pearl Crescent, which I mistakenly posted a shot of for the first before Liz pointed out my error. But once I saw the wings spread I recognized it for one I hadn’t seen in a while. I was happy in that last shot to capture the underside as well as a headshot.

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  11. Beautiful colouring and patterns, Steve! Very nicely captured!

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  12. Todd Henson says:

    I can just picture you, camera and tripod in hand, skipping and hopping through the field after this little fritillary. 🙂 Looks to have been worth the effort. I love the bent antenna in that first one.

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    • Add holding the tripod in the air to avoid knocking things around in the tall grass and that’s me, Todd. 🙂 I was happy for that little bit of added “character” the bent antenna supplied. Thanks, Todd!


  13. blhphotoblog says:

    I never realised you had this species across the pond! We call it Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and is a species of late spring. It’s also in great decline due to habitat loss.
    Excellent images!

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    • It is a long flutter for a butterfly from there to here. It’s nice to know they are somewhat universal. They are also in decline is some locations here. A Facebook friend mentioned that they are all but gone from the state of New Jersey. Thanks!

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