Posts tagged “butterflies


Divine Intervention



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The Blue Forest

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One thing I really like doing is getting lost in the woods because I always know I will eventually find my way out…

This was my first visit to the Blue Forest and of course I strayed from the main route, lost the way and almost run over an adder for the second time this year….both times I nearly fell off my bike! 😮

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Female of the Species

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Wear & Tear

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At the end of a long, intense morning photographing insects in the baking sun I decided to rest with a sugary drink in preparation for the return journey back to heartical HQ…

Almost immediately this rather ragged looking Ringlet turns up and seems rather attracted to the orange lid on the bottle and then decides to come and sit right next to me…all morning I had been carefully creeping around after shy butterfies and dragonflies which were acutely sensitive and flew away at the slightest of movements… 😉

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Lady of the Meadow

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Learning to Look

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Since spring I’ve been keeping my eye out for skippers but I didn’t seem to find any…they seemed quite distinctive from photo’s bloggers have posted here on WordPress, yet they are actually quite a bit smaller than I originally thought…

Within the last couple of months I started to notice them on the edges of ditches and meadows but failed to attain a decent image due to focusing issues….until the above image…when this Small Skipper just presented itself to me, I think it is a small skipper but I’m hardly what you can call an expert…

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In the rest of the images, which were taken on the following days at the same venue, they look more like Essex skippers…whichever skipper they are I’m very proud to be able to present my first skipper images! 😀

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Birdsfoot Blues

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Quite close to where I live there is a meadow with a network of mowed pathways, here grows mainly birdsfoot trefoil and clover. Lately I have noticed on passing, many butterflies…notably common blues…its a good job I keep my eyes open on my journeys…

It was the birdsfoot trefoil that caught my attention in the first place…about a month ago I read this at “A Tramp in the Woods” blog that this is a good place to look for common blues and it sort of stuck in my head…Thanks Colin and all you other bloggers for your blogs as we learn together! 🙂

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Mint Whites

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Try, Try, Try Again…

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On several occasions in the week leading up to these images I failed to get a decent image of a Wall Brown, even when they presented themselves….so when I encountered this butterfly on a semi-cloudy morning, warming up in the morning sun I didn’t hesitate. 😉


Psychedelic Surprise

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Don’t be fooled by the mild mannered butterfly you can see in the above image….resting for a while on the trunk of a tree in the shade…a picture like this can tend to lull you into a false sense of security… 😉

For several years I’ve been aware of the hidden beauty of the underwing of this butterfly… the topside of the wings initially demand your attention because of their more instantly striking beauty…but if the underside of the wings catches the light just right you can catch a glimpse of a more subtle and most intricate nature.

On encountering a red admiral out in the open on the heather, in full sunlight…nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to witness…. 😮

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The Fruits of Summer

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A Late Gift

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After an unsuccessful day chasing ringlets, meadow browns and various dragonflies I met this comma sunning itself as I returned to my bicycle…the above image is the last one I made on this day… 🙂


Ringlets & Gatekeepers

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Butterflies with such legendary names as these just deserve to be named in the title…

On several occasions this year I failed to get good images of a ringlet so this was a small victory…add to that the bonus of meeting my first gatekeeper and the promise of a trip to the forest snackbar and you have one of those days that you can dream about in the middle of winter… 😉

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A New Disguise

After encountering this ‘Map’ butterfly back in May, I was absolutely certain that I would never forget it, however I did forget this butterfly takes on a new form in the summer…

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The above image is the darker summer form when we recently met on the edge of a forest and underneath is my first ever encounter with this gem amongst the spring blooms on the marsh…

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Radiant Placidity

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Identification Issues

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When it comes to identification I’m usually quite competent with birds and butterflies…some insects I’ve noticed can be somewhat trickier and need further research. This particular butterfly got me a bit confused…I think it may be a painted lady yet the lower half of of the wings looks more like a small tortoiseshell… 😕

Update 10.44pm…I should have searched better…This butterfly is called a Map! (Araschnia levana)
A fairly common species here in the Netherlands too…at least I’m living and learning! 😉

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White Balance

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A Welcome Distraction

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During my household chores I noticed this Speckled Wood butterfly as it flew into my peripheral vision…obviously I had no choice but to drop my chores and pick up my camera! 😉

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The Aster Project

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My most contrived project of the year begins to grow in April and eventually reaches fruition by the end of October….basically I let Asters overtake the whole of my doorstep wilderness and then patiently wait for a few sunny days when hoverflies, bees, butterflies and the occasional damselfly descend on the flowers for the abundance of nectar before the chill of autumn kicks in… 😉

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Fat of the Land

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This summer I’ve noticed quite a lot of small tortoiseshells flapping about, which is a relief, having heard reports of diminishing numbers due to several poor summers…

Fortunately this summer has exceeded everyones’ expectations of what a Northern European summer should be, usually it rains a lot with temperatures below normal….but this year it has been warm, dry and sunny…really, the last summer like this was exactly 10 years ago.

These photographs were taken on one of the hottest days…these thistles, dripping with nectar and full of pollen, were most popular with the bees, butterflies and hoverflies….as you can see. 😉

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