Photographer's Note

This is a shot of a Common Blue butterfly, one of Irelands most colorful and decorative butterflies, and one which I personally have not seen very often except for this day when I discovered what I now call the Butterfly Field in the North Dublin town of Donabate.

The one pictured here is a male, known because only the male is blue in color and almost glitters. The female is a brown color.

These can be found in any suitable habitat in the country, most often meadows, grasslands and quarries.

I took this in a field on the cliffwalk that links the towns of Donabate and Portrane, the same place where I captured my other recent uploads of butterflies.

When I was taking this, I met a lady who said she had spent days snapping the butterflies in the field, as they were particularly abundant over those few days. She told me that this particular species was decorated like a deck of cards, and it was only when going through my shots that I understood what she meant.

The underside of the wings are decorated with what looks to all intents and purposes like the suits of a deck of cards. The heart shape was the one that stood out to me first (hence the name of the picture), but with some imagination, I can see the clubs and spades there too.

Thanks for looking!

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