Sunday, 3 July 2016

Wixall Moss

Myself and Trace decided to go over to Wixall in Shropshire this morning as the weather looked promising , the aim was for me to try and get better images of the Large Heath butterfly. This is easier said than done as they always sit low down in the grass making it very difficult to get a clean shot as shown in the image below , nice butterfly crap photo far to messy.
It took a long time a lot of patience and a large amount of luck to get one that decided to sit up just long enough to rattle of a couple of images .
Ringlets and Large Skippers proved a bit more obliging .
Also seen on today,s visit were Brown Hawker , White-faced Darter , Black Darter , Southern Hawker , Stonechat , Curlew , Raven and the added bonus of a Glossy Ibis on flood water just before the entrance to Wixall.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Black Hairstreak Butterfly's

Glapthorn Northamptonshire once part of Rockingham Forest this 69 acre wooded reserve near Oundle has stands of blackthorn scrub with glades and grassy areas , this provides ideal conditions for the Black Hairstreak . They have one of the shortest flight periods of all the British species only lasting around three weeks , it is one of our rarest butterflies only found at a handful of sites in the East Midlands. On arrival we meet the warden Dick Smith and having not been to this reserve before he immediately pointed us in the right direction and we were soon enjoying very close views of this stunning Butterfly. Seven were seen in total along with good numbers of Ringlet , Large Skipper , Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood . My old friend Dave Hutton and Donna appeared from nowhere and were soon photographing what we had seen over the last hour.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Skippers (Hesperildae)

Small and moth like we have only eight species of Skippers in the UK. They live in discrete colonies in rough unfertilized grassland often hidden among vegetation , there flight is rapid skipping just above the grass heads . Below are six out of the eight showing underwing pattern only , missing yet to be photographed underwing are Dingy and Lulworth .
Grizzeled Skipper (patterned underside).
Chequered Skipper (again patterned underside but unmistakable).
Small Skipper (clear gold underside).
Essex Skipper (again clear underside but note the black tipped antenna).
Large Skipper (faint pattern on underside).
Silver Spotted Skipper ( greenish underside with silver spots ).

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Black Guillemot,s

On a recent trip to Scotland we paid a visit to Oban,s Black Guillemot colony which just happen to breed in and around the harbour walls , making it easy for photography. They did not disappoint with around a dozen birds performing well early one morning even coming to sit on the steps next to the road.
If you want to see these charming little fellows close up then Oban is the place.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Garden Bees

I have been interested in Bee photography for a couple of years now but this year I am taking it a little more seriously . With our garden now in full bloom Bee's are everywhere and what a challenge it is , not only trying to photograph them but identifying them is even more of a headache.
Buff-tailed.
Common Carder.
Tree Bumblebee.
Red-tailed.
Red Mason.
As yet Unidentified .
As yet Unidentified.

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.
Buff-Tip.
Common Marbled Carpet.
Small Magpie.
Pebble Hook-Tip.
Poplar Hawkmoth.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Overgrown to Insect Home !!!!

I have always loved plants and flowers but never really had a garden until we moved into this house only twelve weeks ago .. Lately Steve has begun to get more and more interested in his bugs and bees so with this in mind I decided to create a garden with plants and flowers that attracted such insects .... At first sight the garden was no more than an overgrown piece of land with not a flower in sight but what it had going for it was it was not overlooked and was a lovely sun trap ... Well if it was a challenge I wanted this was it !!!!
Where to start ..... As I had brought a lot of plants with me from the wood my first priority was to get the raised beds weeded and my plants back in the soil .. It took most weekends and a few hours each night after work to eventually get it something like ..
Next job was to rebuild the rockery and build a new corner piece ...
Once this was done I decided it would probably look nice with a path up to the shed as it would break up the expanse of grass , what I didn't realise was how much hard work it would be due to the soil here is mainly clay ....
A ton of gravel later and the path was finished .... So what else should every bug garden have ??? A POND ... Days more digging and the pond arrived ..
and finally the last piece of garden was my little woodland area laid with tree bark and my new stone bench ...
At last the garden was done now all we had to do was wait for it all to grow and for the bugs and bees to move in and for us to sit back and enjoy it ...
So now Steve has his own little bug playground and in the last couple of weeks he has had many different bees and at night moths galore so all the hard work has paid off and he is one happy bunny !!!!