Posts Tagged ‘Butterfly

24
Aug
20

The Bluest of Blues

Think of the Bluest sky you’ve ever seen. Think of the bluest sea you’ve swam in. That’s the intensity of the colour of the Adonis Blue Butterfly. Vibrant.

We took a trip across the county border to see these flying jewels recently. Even in the strong winds we found sheltered spots where they were nectaring. Plenty of Brown Argos and Small Heath’s too. A great day out.

Book your place on a day trip to see these beauties next year on Saturday 21st August 2021. Full details here.

03
Sep
18

Streaking Again

I found myself in Gilbert White’s patch a few weeks ago. The 18th Century naturalist was a pioneer in natural history. I thought I’d retrace his steps and have another go at Brown Hairstreak before the season ended. Walking on the dew laden heath I was trying to find an optimum spot for a phone signal when a hairstreak shot by me at break-neck speed. I chased it but it disappeared into impenetrable blackthorn. A spotted flycatcher sallied down and caught something but I’m not completely sure it was ‘my’ butterfly. It took me a further two hours to find another. Eventually I managed to get close enough for a half decent shot but it evaporated before I could get the underwing. Difficult subject this species. Ah well! Maybe next year.

08
Jul
18

Splitting hairs

The White letter Hairstreaks were playing their usual tree top escapades the other day. A couple eventually came a little lower to avail themselves to the camera.

 

25
Jul
14

A Warm Summers Evening

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In the warm light of the summer evening on Wednesday we watched a Buddleia bush come alive with butterflies. White and Red Admirals, Brimstones, Peacocks, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers as well as the odd Grayling.

I thought the stars of the show were the Silver Washed Fritillaries; three on one flower was good. That was until a couple of White Letter Hairstreaks came down from the treetops to feed. 

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Silver Washed Fritillary

White letter Hairstreak




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