Monday, 6 July 2015

More Dragons and Damsels

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

Male

Female






Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (Pair)









Sunday, 5 July 2015

Small Tortoiseshell

I observed this extremely fresh and intact male below, which is one of the Summer brood of Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).
I never miss a chance to photograph these beauties, one of our most colourful species.
The next brood will be in August which will then hibernate and emerge next Spring.

Sony A6000.  EF 70-200mm lens.  200mm. 1/320 at f8.  ISO250









Thursday, 2 July 2015

More Orchids

Chalk Fragrant Orchid (White)


Chalk Fragrant Orchid (Pink)




Frog Orchid





Bee Orchid





Pyramidal Orchid



Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More Butterfly Action


My latest round of butterfly images.

Firstly the Small Heath on grass seed.


Secondly a male Marbled White on grass seed. 


I found this mating pair of Marbled White (below), you can see the difference between the female (that has brown underside markings) and the male that has all black markings on white background. 


While I was shooting the image above, a male interloper decided to try his luck.







However, true love and loyalty prevailed and the interloper made off, without making out.{:))





Also found was this female Meadow Brown pitched on Marsh Valerian.


Male Meadow Brown

Male Large Skipper

Male Common Blue

Lastly another male Marbled White pitched on Greater Knapweed.