Posts Tagged ‘Butterflies

09
Jun
17

So Blue

This Holly Blue Butterfly was resting in the borders at Falcon Cottage the other day. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it. Butterflies are such miracles it’s difficult to perceive they can fly let alone look so beautiful.

13
Jul
16

Scarcities on the wing

A trip into Northamptonshire last month spawned a day trip for next year (see this link) in search of Wood Whites and Black Hairstreaks. Wood Whites are like floating pieces of tissue paper whereas Black Hairstreaks, one of the UK’s scarcer species,  are tree top dwellers but it’s possible to find a few at ground level … as per the photos. Let me know if you’d like to make a booking.

Black Hairstreak_Z5A5383 Wood White_Z5A5745

12
Jul
15

Simply Empirical

We did the ‘Purple Emperor Tour’ the other day. The weather as we left Norfolk didn’t look promising and the forecast didn’t look much better. However, persistence sometimes pays off and in the sunnier spells between rain showers we managed to catch up with around 9 of these magnificent butterflies.

Purple Emperor 1 Purple Emperor 2 Purple Emperor 3 Purple Emperor 4 Purple Emperor 5

10
Jul
15

Spots before our eyes

I’m not sure why they called a Dark Green Fritillary a Dark Green Fritillary. It’s underwings are green in parts … but they are hardly dark. I prefer the old name … ‘Silver Spotted Fritillary’. We saw this one on brambles in the dunes when on tour last Friday.

Dark Green Fritillary

18
Oct
14

Birds and Butterflies

On our way to Penzance for the Scillies Tour the other week we took a small detour to the Devon coast. Amid the coastal fields we easily found our target; Cirl Buntings. Perched in bushes and feeding on seed crops in the fields they were wonderful to watch. However, also amid the fields were something I didn’t expect, or at least not in the numbers that were present. Clouded Yellow Butterflies were everywhere. More than I have seen in one place before. Although they do breed within the UK they are primarily an immigrant and the majority of overwintering adults and larvae are killed off by our cold wet winters. To see them everywhere we looked was a real treat.

2014 10 02 Cirl Bunting Prawl Point Devon_Z5A5295

2014 10 02 Clouded Yellow Prawl Point Devon_Z5A5338

 

14
Aug
14

Completely Marbled

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We were walking along the chalk cliffs of the south coast last month. The sun was out and the air was still. Butterflies abounded … of many species. However one species that was everywhere was the Marbled White; and I do mean everywhere. An unprecedented hatch meant we saw several hundreds on our short walk. This is a butterfly of primarily the southern counties and does not normally occur in Norfolk. So to see it in such large numbers was a treat.

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Marbled White

04
Oct
13

A Nice Surprise

I was quite taken aback at seeing this Green Veined White on a tour last week quite late in the day. All we have been seeing of late have been Speckled Woods, both Whites and an occasional Red Admiral and Small Tort. Thought I’d seen the last of these until next summer. A nice surprise.

Marbled White




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