Painted Lady, a Peacock and more foxes

Painted Ladies have arrived in Sussex. These pretty butterflies are regular migrants to the south coast, though it is some years since we saw a genuinely large influx. This year seems good, but not on the scale of 2009 when around 11 million painted ladies arrived in the UK. Still, there seem to be more than last year (which was dire), and they are well worth a few images.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

The peacock butterflies are also arriving in the garden. They are slightly less cooperative with the camera, but this is a nice wing detail.

Wing detail of peacock butterfly (Inachis io) on buddleia shrub

As for the foxes, Bully Boy has been hanging around today, along with Pretty. They seem to be getting on much better now (no fights). Bully Boy even decided to help out with our household chores.

Fox cub next to washing basket in suburban garden

I think I’ve mentioned that he has a long snout (possibly related to Shy Boy). Anyway, these shots illustrate the point rather well.

Portrait of a fox cub's head

Close up of fox nose and eyes

Camera note: all butterfly shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens. The first shot of Bully Boy taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens; the two close-up with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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