Category Archives: Insects

Insects and flowers at Brockadale

Back at Brockadale today between showers looking for insects and flowers. I’m enjoying doing the macro work again, it’s been a while since I have done any and it’s always amazing to see familiar insects in high detail. I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped to be today but starting top left and going clockwise,…

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Butterfly explosion

Another baking August day and I think this year, more than any I can remember, has been a superb butterfly year. In our back garden stands a buddliea bush that must be a contender for the Guinness Book Of Records for the UK’s largest and it is smothered in butterflies just now. Mostly peacocks today,…

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Comma on blackberry

The warm September sun (around 26dgC today!) always brings the comma butterflies to the blackberries to feed. These uniquely-shaped butterflies spend the winter in a shed or other dark place and os need to build up sugar reserves to last them the winter without having to wake. The comma gets its name from the white…

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Four Spotted Chaser – Old Moor RSPB

A brief visit to Old Moor RSPB reserve today didn’t yield much in the way of bird photography but we came across this newly emerged four spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) whose wings were just about dry but it didn’t quite have the power of flight. This meant we could take our time in terms of…

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Green Hairstreak

Last day of the school hols so, after dropping off some wedding work to a client, I went for a walk with the family around Hade Edge to see if the green hairstreaks were on the wing yet. I figured all this hot weather may have got them flying and I wasn’t wrong – although…

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