Category: Butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell

June 2019
Another taken in the Garden. A Small Tortoiseshell. Fairly common but I hardly saw any last year.


--   Peter D Budd


Updated: 14th June 2019 — 10:08 am

Holly Blue

June 2019

First time I have managed to get a photo of a Holly Blue. They are pretty small. Wingspan is about 35mm.

Taken with Olympus OM1D MII + 60mm Macro lens

--   Peter D Budd


Updated: 9th June 2019 — 2:17 pm

Welcome to the Butterfly Group

                                                                                      Butterfly Group.


The aim of the group is to record images of British Butterflies,and to enable like minded people to talk about the creatures.( i know it is sad ). The photographing of Butterflies is the prime objective of the group,but interesting wild life images of other animals and plants spotted when searching for Butterflies will be permitted.

I will endeavor to put a message on the group site each week, during the Butterfly season ( Mar./Apr. to Sep./Oct. ) listing the species seen in the park near Shoplands W.G.C.- to find the meadow, park in the main shop car park,cross road via. crossing, turn left pass bus stop, then right at the Doctors. The meadow is straight ahead.

Assuming you are joining our group you will need some sort of camera.

If you have a fixed lens camera, use the macro setting. If you require more magnification, then close up filters can be purchased. These come in a set of three. they can be used singularly or in any combination. They are screwed in position, in place of the lens filter.

If you have a removable lens camera and also require greater magnification, the following is available:-

a)  A set of close up filters :-  as above.

b)  A set of close up tubes. ( 3 in a set ) These fit between the body and the lens, ( telephoto is best ) and can be used in any combination.

c)  A macro lens.

‘A’  is the cheapest and ‘C’ dearest.- By hundreds.

If you require any information about the group or Butterflies in general contact me via. E-mail or collar me for a chat on club night.




Updated: 9th June 2019 — 2:14 pm

Butterflies sightings for June. 2018

             This month started off quite well.There was all the Butterflies as per last month excluding the Orange Tips,

(these did not really turn up). At the start of the month there was a glut of Common Blues,and also lots of Skippers,but these have now vanished,and so have nearly all the other species. The most abundant Butterfly at present is the Meadow Brown. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all the second broads plus the Marbled Whites turn up soon.

                                            Happy snapping


Updated: 9th June 2019 — 2:15 pm

Butterfly sightings for May 2018

                                          This month started off  with lots of Orange Tips and various types of Whites,plus all the Butterflies that were listed last month, but still in small numbers.The only  newcomer is the Speckled Wood, Small Copper and Common Blues.There is also an abundance of Holy Blues,in fact it is the most i have ever seen at the start of any Spring.


Updated: 30th May 2018 — 11:32 am

Butterfly sightings for April 2018.

All sightings were in, or close to Shoplands Park.

5- Holly Blues

3- Orange Tips.



1-Red Admiral

Plus one mummy Fox.

And various White Butterflies.

I will post the next list at the end of May,unless something unusual occurs.

Updated: 29th April 2018 — 2:27 pm

A Silver – Washed Fritillary.


                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lyn B

 This was taken in my back field during June this year.











Updated: 22nd November 2017 — 9:46 pm

Alien Moth in Welwyn Garden City

I saw this on my way home the other night. It is almost certainly a Box-Tree Moth, Cydalima Perspectalis from Asia. They were first seen in the UK in 2007 and have been spreading North from the South East ever since. ( taken with  a Iphone )

--   Peter D Budd
Updated: 14th March 2018 — 11:38 am

Lyn Bracey Camera Settings

Camera settings for Butterflies. ( Nikon )

(1) White balance – Auto.
(2) Iso – Auto – Set for Min. shutter speed 600 – Max Iso 3200
(3) Single point focus – Continuous servo mode – Back button focus. ( AF – ON ).
(4) Exposure – Spot metering. Aperature priority setting at f 11- Raw.
(5) Motor drive / Continuous release mode. – low speed.
(6) Exposure compensation – set to under expose by 1.7
(7) Lens Nikon 105mm macro – plus 2x convertor.

Updated: 1st November 2017 — 4:21 pm