Photograph of the Week, February 1, 2019

The Scottish Common Blue butterfly captured by Graeme Cumming on Islay.

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Despite its name, Scotland’s Common Blue butterfly does not actually seem to be very common.

An East Kilbride man was lucky to capture a photograph of this male at Claddach beach, north of Portnahaven, on one of his annual visits to Islay, having fallen in love with the island.

Graeme Cumming said: ‘There are thousands of rocks and smaller pebbles washed up from a number of geological periods – these rocks, when polished down by the tides, are like multicoloured gems.

‘The Scottish Common Blue flew around and settled in acres of rocks – I couldn’t see it but scanned with an extended lens where I thought it had landed and luckily struck gold.’

Mr Cumming, who ‘travels round the country on jaunts’, uses a Sony bridge camera which he says is ideal’ for opportunity photography of passing wildlife.