All butterflies photographed in the wild, on location in East and West Sussex. East Sussex: Abbots Wood, Friston Forest, Friston Gallops, Ladies Mile Trail, Malling Down Nature Reserve, Stanmer Park. West Sussex: Knepp Estate, Loder Valley Nature Reserve, Madgeland Wood. Equipment used: Canon EOS 1Ds MKIII, Canon EOS 5D MKIV, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX macro, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM paired with three Kenko Extension Tubes, Canon EF 1.4x MKIII Converter, Benro Mach 3 carbon fibre tripod, Benro GH3 gimbal head, Manfrotto XPRO 3 head.

Purple Emperor (Apatura iris).

Purple Emperor, Knepp Estate

Purple Emperor, Knepp

Dark Green Fritillary (Speyeria aglaja).

Dark Green Fritillary (male), Friston Forest

Male (above). Female (below).

Dark Green Fritillary, Friston Forest

Silver Washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia).

Silver Washed Fritillary (male) taking off

Male (left) courting female (centre).

Courting Silver Washed Fritillaries

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla).

White Admiral Butterfly

Peacock (Aglais io).

Peacock butterfly on buddleia

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).

Red Admiral, Stanmer Park

Red Admiral, Knepp Estate

Red Admiral basking on a beech tree

Comma (Polygonia c-album).

Comma Butterfly Open Wings

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).

Painted Lady in Abbots Wood

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni).


Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon).

Chalk Hill Blue on Wild Carrot

Chalkhill Blue Open Wings

Chalkhill Blues

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus).


Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina).

Meadow Brown Open Wings

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea).

Marbled White Butterfly, Friston Forest

Marbled White on Wild Carrot

Marbled White Female

Marbled Whites (male and female) Friston Gallops

Above: male (left) and female (right).

Marbled White on Red Clover

Small White (Pieris rapae).

Cabbage White Butterfly

Six-spot burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae).

Six-spot Burnet Moths

Common Emerald moth (Hemithea aestivaria).

Large Emerald Moth


Paul Webb said…
We met you this afternoon in Castle Water hide. Lovely, lovely photographs. The butterflies are a revelation. All the best!
Alan MacKenzie said…
Hello Paul, I realised after I left the hide that I'd met you both in March! You're the friendliest people on the reserve.

I didn't take any worthy photos today, but I really enjoyed being at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - the clean air, the peace and quiet, the setting.

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