Early spring

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak

Spring is early this year. After a warm winter we’re having a warm spring as well, resulting in nature being a lot quicker as normal… Last weekend I tried to find some sunbathing Vipers, but I guess they didn’t need to get warm in the sun, as it was already warm enough. To my surprise I found a tiny green butterfly hanging in a heath bush. It turned out to be a very early Green Hairstreak. While I was trying to get some nice pictures of this gorgeous butterfly, I started to feel sorry for her. As she was so early, she probably had to wait a long time to find a mate… While thinking about that, a second individual arrived at the scene and it turned out to be love at first sight. After a very short courtship, they started mating, giving me a good opportunity to take some nice pictures.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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