Butterflies: Close-up views in a country garden

A wildlife photographer was thrilled when he looked out into his garden and saw Britain’s most beautiful butterflies.

Andrew Fusek Peters, 57, spent a week photographing the colorful insects behind his country house in Lydbury North, Shropshire.

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Trapped butterflies include the comma, holly, painted lady and lesser tortoiseshell.

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The Painted Lady is one of the most common butterfly species

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Fusek Peters has traveled the country photographing all of Britain’s butterfly species but managed to capture this bunch from the comfort of his own home.

He said: “The interesting thing is that I’ve been traveling all over the UK to get the rarest butterflies but these were shot here in my garden.

“These are the common garden butterflies, which are no less beautiful. It was an absolute joy to celebrate what is in front of my nose.

“It has everything to do with the flowers in the garden; I have my wife to thank for that.

The holly blue is a common sight in southern England, although it has migrated north in recent years

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It is easy to identify in early spring, appearing long before other blue species

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“These will be part of the book. You are just as interesting.

“The Painted Lady has the longest voyage of travel, starting 9,000 miles away in Africa. They need generations to come here.”

Andrew photographed the butterflies with his Olympus E-M1 Mark II, sitting a few inches away and using a shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second to get the perfect shot.

The Comma, once a rare sight in Britain, has seen a huge surge in population over the last 40 years

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The male Lesser Tortoiseshell is very territorial and will drive other butterflies out of his chosen habitat

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He added: “It was a super fast shutter speed. I literally walk 2cm away from them to catch them.

“So it’s always incredibly difficult to capture. You could call me the butterfly whisper: nobody really gets shots like this.

“I think the fact that it’s a safari in my back garden makes it better. My mileage is only three meters.

The Painted Lady cannot survive the British winter: it either perishes or migrates to Africa

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Painted Lady populations tend to peak in late summer

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“One thing I want to do with my book is to show you that there is something to be discovered in your garden. There is just so much going on: there are mice, bats, insects, everything.

“You can capture nature in your garden. You don’t have to travel.”


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