So many butterflies and so many species together! This was heaven for the butterfly buff! The spectacle of mud puddling butterflies is well known: they lick salt and minerals from the mud and rocks. A peculiarity is that only males gather in such numbers.
On holiday in Southern France last July, my wife and I walked along a rocky slope with a small stream when suddenly a cloud of butterflies rose into the air: we had literally stumbled into this mud puddling group. After maybe 30 seconds or so, they settled down again. I went onto my knees to look through the viewfinder and check the species. This was the colourful spectacle in front of my camera:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM f/8 1/320 ISO 100
Then, you know there is only one option left: get down flat on your belly and start looking for the best shots. Like this Small Blue (Cupido minimus)…
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM f/5.6 1/320 ISO 100
…and this Eros Blue (Polyommatus Eros)
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM f/5.0 1/320 ISO 100
After some 30 minutes my back and knees started to complain about the rocky ground, so I rose again (ouch!) but surely I did not complain at all…what a great day it had been for butterfly photography!