Beware of lots of images… They’ve built up again, so it’s time for the inevitable splurge!
It’s easy to assume these photos were taken on a black background, actually it’s just the histogram levels of the camera (I think) that have compensated for the white of the butterfly. The background is actually the Privet hedge, which was in semi-shade at the time. Still, it’s made for an interesting shot. And I hadn’t realised just how far they get their heads into the blooms to reach! I assumed their proboscis was long enough to leach the nectar.
Stalking another butterfly look what landed right next to me.
The Peacocks generally prefer the Buddleja but occasionally they do land elsewhere…
Only to be attacked by Gatekeepers; can’t blame them for sticking to the Buddleja blooms.
This year there’s been quite a few whites – various types – but they’ve also been exceptionally difficult to photograph! This one only let me close, I believe because I was holding a Foxglove so was ‘disguised’. Not that I was crawling around with it stuck to my head and body to hide myself… although maybe that’s an idea for the future!
I spotted this Wasp motionless on the wall, so I moved it into the sun, thinking perhaps it needed to warm up. But it didn’t seem to work because it just wandered around a little bit on the wall and I later found it once again completely still on an Aquilegia stem.
Although not very numerous this year, I have spotted the odd one or two usually on the Ragworts. Thankfully there are also some caterpillars on the nettles too.
One sunny evening there were imo far too many Bees hanging onto plants for the night. I poked them to try to prompt them to find a more suitable place to rest… it didn’t work.
I’ve tried tweeting to the butterfly and moth people but neither have replied to me on the ID of this moth… Interesting though!
Far too long was spent scouring the UK moth website trying to find it.
All the fighting eventually takes its toll.
Finally, a small Skipper! Still yet to see a large skipper and so far I’ve seen neither on the privet blooms which normally they love.
Also, please enlarge the photo to see how many cinnabar caterpillars there are… It’s like this on most of the plants. So just imagine how many I might have next year!