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The warm spring sunshine tempted me away from editing commercial photography shoots to head over to do some insect photography at Brockadale. There were plenty of butterflies on the wing, including brimstone, orange tip and large white and plenty of whitethroats in full song. Across the valley, the soft purring of a turtle dove was […]

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I came across this adult hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) in the garden today and it proved to be a good subject for a bit of macro photography. I really enjoy photographing objects¬†in close-up detail because it gives a completely different view, but insects simply are some of the best subjects for close-up ¬†work as […]

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Met up with Ian at Askham Bog YWT reserve today to have a go at some butterflies. I visited this reserve yesterday but it was just so warm that the butterflies just kept on flying! Today however, was a bit cooler and we managed the target species of brimstone and orange tips both of which […]

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Another garden safari. This time I was hunting butterflies and I have to say I can’t remember a spring when there were so many butterflies on the wing! This hot weather is certainly benefiting the insects as well as the spring migrant birds. Long may it continue. In the garden this morning was speckled wood, […]

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Yet another fine April morning so a quick stroll round the garden to see what insects were basking in the warm spring sunshine and it wasn’t long before I came across a new species for the garden. This solitary wasp was sunning itself on a hawthorn leaf and looking quite colourful with his yellow abdomen […]

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