Posts tagged “insects


Fade In



Divine Intervention



Territorial Defense

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Into the Labyrinth…

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A Change Of Focus

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This year so far I have been more focused on bird photography although I still keep a watchful eye on the invertebrate activity even though I do find it difficult to multi-task as my eyes and ears are primarily tuned in to the birdlife…

Being a bit of a novice concerning dragonflies, I believe this specimen to be a female Black-tailed Skimmer…



Waiting for the Sun

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Inside & Out

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Life in a Painting


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They are little creatures, these insects…that’s why I’ve got to get right down there with them in the dirt…sometimes it helps to actually lay down. 😉

This was the case with this ladybird…I was laying down on the track next to this group of flowers… originally I was attracted to this spot by bees and tiny hoverflies when I came across this busy little fellow who didn’t stop moving at all…

Because of the low perspective I am virtually guaranteed a ready made, impressionist, bokeh background every time…

At the end of the day, if I have sore elbows, soggy knees and nettle stings then I know that I must of had a good day! 🙂

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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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Bug Rescue

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While I was observing the aquatic life in the drainage ditch such as pond skaters and various water snails I noticed one individual seemingly having some serious problems in this watery environment…

After finding a stick of suitable length I managed to rescue the unfortunate insect and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was some kind of Shield Bug, an insect which I haven’t come across for years…

After placing the stick and bug in the sunlight, there was a lot of flapping about to rid the excess water and fortunately the bug made a quick recovery. 🙂

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Latticed Heath


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Voyagers’ Hiatus

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Amongst the Heather

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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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An Azure Evening

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Lady of the Meadow

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Beetles & Trees

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On one of the very narrow lanes that I cycle along there have been some rather large trees cut down and now there’s a whole minature forest of what I assume to be aspens as there are many aspens in this region.

It took the unsuccessful pursuit of a dragonfly to get me to down to the right level to notice quite a large number of these Poplar Leaf Beetles milling about in this tiny woodland…at first I was more into their colouration and the way the light caught it against the algae background…but when I uploaded the images onto my PC, I was totally amazed when I saw their intricate lattice-work feet… 😎

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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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Party Pooper

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Sometimes you can find a small area under the sun where there are many butterfies and other insects…I call them “hot spots”, its like a party…a festival of insects….

You can guarantee that horse flies will be also be present at these parties to constantly harrass me with their bloodlust while I am trying to concentrate on photographing butterflies and dragonflies…they seem to land on the camera quite a lot too, I can suffer them for a while but eventually it’s always nice to cycle off in search of a more shady environment… 😕


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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Under the Sun

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