Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Ward McNeill

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
Picture taken below the M8 motorway, on the outskirts (West) of Glasgow.
August 7th 2009.

VERRRRRYYYY LONG STORY about this shot: (you’ve been warned)

I stumbled across this little beauty on an area of waste ground below the M8 motorway, on the outskirts of Glasgow, while I was taking some pictures for wee project I’m doing on graffiti and street art.
I was in the process of changing lenses for a shot, when I just happened to look up and see him/her sitting 4 or 5 feet away on some grass.
Too good an opportunity to miss I thought.
Unfortunately this particular Peacock butterfly was a little camera ‘shy’.
Every time I got within any kind of shooting distance, off he or she flew, just far enough away to keep me interested.
After about 10 minutes of me carefully watching and following through long grass and overgrown bushes, he/she finally settled down on a rather uninspiring piece of stony ground/concrete “click here”: just long enough for me to fire off 2 quick shots before disappearing into the distance.
I searched in vain for another 10 minutes or so, before giving in feeling pretty disappointed with my efforts and returning to my original project.

A full 30 minutes later I spotted another one. I wasn’t even sure whether or not to bother, but …….
Anyway, this one pretty much just sat down on some nettles and posed for about a minute or so and I managed to get a few frames that I was relatively happy with.

It wasn’t until I got home and looked at all the images of both butterflies in detail, that I noticed the exact same little ‘bite’ out of the tip of the left hind wing on both butterflies

I guess he or she must have got over the initial shyness, felt a bit sorry for me, and come back for a few more shots.

:-)

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