Sunday, 19 June 2016

Garden Moths

As you can see from the post below Tracey has done a excellent job of turning the garden into a insect friendly garden well done my dear. Moths are now coming on a regular bases and with the different varieties of flowers they are spoilt for choice , below are a few images from this weekend.
Ghost Moth.
Beautiful Golden Y.
Peach Blossom.
Common Marbled Carpet.
Small Magpie.
Pebble Hook-Tip.
Poplar Hawkmoth.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Moth Night

Thirty two different species of moths were trapped last night with the weather conditions not being ideal it was not a bad catch really. Having moved into a new house just a couple of months ago most of the ones trapped last night were new for the garden .
Ingrailed Clay.
Angel Shades.
Lime Hawkmoth.
Unidentified Carpet species if anyone knows ?????????.

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

The image above shows the difference between Elephant and Small Elephant Hawkmoths. The Elephant is much larger and as a unmistakable pink and olive green forewing and pink and black hindwing ,and clearly defined pink pattern on olive green thorax and abdomen . The Small Elephant Hawkmoth is pink and yellowish brown and is much smaller , both flight periods are both the same between May and July and both came to light in our garden last night. Below are three images of the Small Elephant Hawkmoth.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Glasdrum Wood

This ancient woodland cloaks the slopes of Beinn Churalain rising steeply above Loch Creran , the woodland trail climbs through an atlantic rainforest . Ferns sprout from rocky crevices and lichens and mosses cling to branches , its moist , mossy and magical. More than 20 kinds of Butterfly live here including the rare Chequered Skipper which is what brought myself and Tracey to this wonderful place. On arrival at around 8-00 in the morning the temperatures was already reaching well into double figures and no sign of any midges unbelievable. We headed up from the car park and turned left under the power lines and within minutes came across our first ever Chequered Skipper. Within the first half hour we had found at least twenty along with several Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries a stunning fresh looking Painted Lady , Small Coppers and a variety of day flying moths . While I was off photographing the Skippers Tracey found a Golden Ringed Dragonfly another species which frequents this magical place.
Chequered Skipper.
Chequered Skipper.
Chequered Skipper.
Chequered Skipper.
Chequered Skipper.
Chequered Skipper.
Small Copper.
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary.
Painted Lady.
Golden Ringed Dragonfly.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Garden Moths

A few more images of Moths in our garden.
Brimstone Moth.
Clouded Silver.
Lesser Swallow Prominent.
Ruby Tiger.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Ryton Woods CP

Fifty Eight species of UK butterflies and fifty now photographed with the addition of Wood Whites at Ryton Woods in Warwickshire. After seeing my old mate Dave Hutton and his girlfriend Donnas superb photographs on Twitter myself and Trace decided it was about time to pay a visit. A phone call to Dave once on site lead us to the right location once there it was now a matter of locating these delicate little insects , the light was just right for photography to sunny and it would have burnt them out .
Tracey trying to get a better angle on a Wood White.
Wood White.
Wood White.
Wood White.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Mothing Again

After moving into our new house a couple of months ago we decided it was about time to put the moth trap out . We finished our old home with around three hundred species for just over two years so here we go again.
Alder Kitten.
Iron Prominent.
Pale Tussock.
Peppered Moth.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Butterfly Year 2015 Part Two

The next trip was down into Gloucestershire to a wonderful sounding place called Strawberry Banks for the brightest of all our Fritillaries the Marsh Fritillary. They can live in large colonies usually occupying only a few acres, and are a very short lived species with males only living four days .
Northern Brown Argus a close relative of the Brown Argus only occurs in Scotland and the north of England. We visited Arnside Knott in Cumbria for this species , we found very few on our visit but still wonderful to catch up with.
Orange-tip can be found everywhere and can be one of the earlier species to emerge apart from the Peacock. It always proves a challenge to get a reasonable image but this time Iam pleased with this one. Painted Lady is one of our migrant species and some years can see good numbers especially around coastal areas. One or two do filter inland and we are usualy lucky to get a few sightings in our wood.
This Pearl bordered Fritillary was photographed at a site in North Wales they seem to frequent open sunny clearings along rides and tracks in woodland aswell as bracken covered scrubby hillside. A wonderfull coloured jewel and always a pleasure to photograph.
The one every one wants the majestic Purple Emperor a large elusive woodland butterfly which spends most of their lives high up in the tree canopies. Myself and Trace visited Fermyn Woods in Northamptonshire one of their favourite locations to photograph this stunning insect. The trick is to get both wings purple oh well just have to go back again.
Possibly our most well known butterfly the Red Admiral wonderfull blacks on orange with slashes of white. Simlpy a joy to watch and even more satisfying if you can get a reasonable image in the right light.
Ringlets not one of our most colourful butterflies but freshly emerged individuals have a very beautiful dark appearance fringed in white with gold rimmed , black eyes with white centres on the underside of their wings.
Scotch Argus a lovely orange-marked brown butterfly which only occurs in northern England and in Scotland. It can only be found at two sites in England so we visited Arnside Knott to find and photograph this rare species.
The Silver-washed Fritillary is a very fast flying butterfly and I have never been in the right place at the right time with this species . This individual was briefly resting at Fermyn Woods in Northamptonshire , always to distant and extremely fast defiantly next years challenge.
Silver-spotted Skipper what an amazing little butterfly fast and elusive as we visited Aston Rowant in Oxfordshire . This is a rare butterfly which is only located on a limited number of south-facing chalky grassland sites in southern England.
Our smallest british butterfly the Small Blue was captured at Prestbury Hill Gloucestershire where good numbers were found .
Small Copper a real favourite of mine such a delicate little thing. Not very many seen this year hope they are not declining . We seem to have lost our colony in our wood with only a few located this year in an adjacent farm field.
As above the Small Heath also seems to be declining in our area with very few seen this year.
Small Skippers were seen in good numbers at most locations visited and we also have our own small colony in the wood. A very fast flying butterfly but they always seem to be quite approachable when it comes to photographing them.
Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seem to be everywhere you go found in parks , gardens and woodland . Again always a challenge to photograph well .
If you want the best then here it is a British Swallowtail rare, large , majestic and colourful what more could you want . If you want quality then go down to the Norfolk Broads during June and enjoy what has to be our best British Insect.
The Wall a very localised butterfly but go to the right place and you will find plenty . This individual was photographed at a nature reserve in Norfolk , but one of the best places I have found to see them is on the Great Orme in North Wales.
And last for 2015 is the White Admiral another localised woodland species. This one was photographed in Northamptonshire while looking for Purple Emperors. Hope you have enjoyed mine and Tracey,s adventures with Butterflies during 2015 , plenty more to go at for next year which means traveling further afield but we are looking forward to the challenge. Bring it on !!!!!!