Posts Tagged ‘Butterfly Tours

03
Aug
17

Photobomb

When photographing this Silver washed Fritillary this Meadow Brown just couldn’t resist getting in on the act.

26
Aug
16

Aberrations

One of my guests on the butterfly tour last month brought this Chalkhill Blue butterfly to my attention. It’s unusually coloured. It’s an aberration, a freak, a variation that nature sometimes throws into the pot. I was curious what the Butterfly County recorder, Andy Brazil,  would make of it. Here’s what he said:

Chalkhill’s have historically had a lot of variations recorded, but we’ve not had any from Norfolk before.

There’s a similar aberration here http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/gallery/image_page.php?album_id=271&image_id=11243 named as post-obsoleta, but this female also has a paler, washed-out ground colour of ab pallidulla. I’ve looked through this list http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/aberrations.php?species=coridon but nothing quite matches the combination. So I’d say it was ab. post-obsoleta ab.pallidulla so two aberrations on the same insect!

So there you go. Another first for Norfolk!

Chalkhill Blue (Aberrant)

08
Aug
16

A beautiful dragon

An aside on one of the tours last month procured one of these. Miles from water this male Banded Demoiselle was in his prime.

Banded Demoiselle

06
Aug
16

All curled up

Sitting on a blackberry bush was this White Admiral. I couldn’t resist taking a shot of his curly little tongue and spotty eyes!

White Admiral




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