Monday, June 29, 2015
I've made a number of dedicated butterfly outings again this year. Along the way I've been able to photograph the eggs of a number of species, including two of our rarest butterflies.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
this time last year. A return to the same site this year took a lot more effort to find any at all, but eventually 2 or 3 were seen, all very active either nectaring or laying. Photo opportunities were limited, especially when there was thyme between the butterfly and me, as potentially treading on the valuable eggs is a sacrifice not worth making for a photograph. It's early days still, and I'm sure more will emerge in the coming week, so a re-visit will have to be made. The species became extinct in the UK, and now exists again here thanks to a very successful reintroduction. The Large Blue caterpillar hatches on thyme buds and then tricks the ants into believing it is one of their own grubs. Ants then carry it underground to their nest where it feeds on the ant grubs for 10 months before pupating and emerging as a butterfly.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The last week or so has provided me with a number of new species to add to the list, taking the British total of species I've photographed to 567. Recently I've been leaving the lights on outside the house to watch the Foxes and Badgers that are now visiting daily, and this has attracted some new moths, such as the Pretty Chalk Carpet, and last night, the huge Fox Moth. Immediately after finding the Fox Moth, it landed, posed for photographs, then promptly started to lay eggs. A trip to Norfolk produced a few long overdue species, some of which I'd seen before but never photographed, and others that were new to me. Most notable was probably the Swallowtail butterfly, of which I saw two feeding amonth the Ragged Robin at Strumpshaw Fen. The Scarce Chaser was another addition from the same trip, along with the increasingly common, but until last week, un-photographed Tree Bumblebee. Pictures of most of these will be added to the blog sooner or later - it's very rare for me to post my photos chronologically or promptly!