Thursday, 1 June 2017

On this day 31 May 2017

So pleased to see a Painted Lady butterfly, the warm sun had brought the insects out, did see some more butterflies but not staying still long enough to be photographed.

There was not as many wild flowers as I was expecting, the  Banded Demoiselle was a stunning colour, don't think I have seen a female before, there were no males about.

Plenty of bird song from Chiffchaff, trees to full to see them. Sand martins were on the river bank, as well as two swans.

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly 

Green Dock Beetle - Gastrophysa viridula

White wild rose flower 

Forget me not 

Marsh Orchid

Banded Demoiselle

Ragged Robin flower

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

Orange-tip  Butterfly 

 longhorn moth

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Glaucous Sedge (Carex flacca)

Silverweed (Argentina anserina)



Peacock Butterfly

Scientific name: Aglais io

Red wings with black markings and distinctive eyespots on tips of fore and hind wings.

The Peacock's spectacular pattern of eyespots, evolved to startle or confuse predators, make it one of the most easily recognized and best known species. It is from these wing markings that the butterfly gained its common name. Undersides of the wings are very dark and look like dead leaves. A fairly large butterfly and a strong flyer.

Although a familiar visitor to garden buddleias in late summer, the Peacock's strong flight and nomadic instincts lead it to range widely through the countryside, often finding its preferred habitats in the shelter of woodland clearings, rides, and edges.

The species is widespread and has continued to expand its range in northern parts of Britain and Ireland.(LINK)

Azure Damselfly 31/5/17



Adult male azure damselflies have a head and thorax patterned with blue and black. They have an azure blue abdomen patterned with black markings. The marking on the second segment of the abdomen is U-shaped, separated from the segment's narrow terminal black band. (This distinguishes it from the variable damselfly where the U-shape is joined to the terminal band with a black line.)

Segments three to five are blue with broader black terminal bands, lacking the forward-pointing projection the upper surface which adult male common blue damselfly has. Segment six has a similar pattern but with more restricted blue and a broader area of black, and segment seven is mostly black, with just a narrow blue area at the base. Segment eight and much of segment nine are sky-blue, forming a noticeable contrasting patch, but there are small dark markings on the rear upper side of segment nine, which adult male common blue damselfly does not possess. (Link)

Common Gorse (Ulex europaeus)