Friday, 18 April 2014

More Butterflies Appearing

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

This species lives in woodland and can be found in shady areas where the sun comes through the foliage. 
A native species that is easily disturbed, but if you do it will most likely return to the same spot soon after. 
I have seen quite a number over the last few days which suggests that it will be a good year for this species.




Sunday, 13 April 2014

Early Bluebells

A recent walk around a local woodland revealed that the Bluebells are already starting to bloom, which is much earlier than last year.


These are views of the edge of part of the woodland, which stretches over 90 hectares. 




As you can see there are a minority of blooms out so far.


Of course they always look more if you shoot from ground level.




I have added vignetting by using a certain camera setting for the next few images.






More camera trickery here by blurring the images somewhat.




The images below were taken in a separate area of the woodland the following day.
The bluebells, being out so early, have caught up with the Wood Anemones.






Saturday, 12 April 2014

Green-veined White and Others

Green-veined White Butterfly (Pieris napi)

This female is the first I have seen this Spring. I think it had not long emerged from Chrysalis.



The warm weather is certainly bringing out the first species in quite promising numbers already. 
A good year for butterflies is certainly needed after the recent few years.

The Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)  are feeding on any flower it can find including the Blackthorn and Dandelion.

Brimstone





This first Peacock (Inachis io) was spending all its time sunning itself on a stony track.

Peacock


Some Peacock like the one below, although in poor condition was still flying and eating where it could.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Favourite Emerges

 Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)

I always look forward to photographing the Orange Tip Butterfly when it emerges in Spring. 
It is such a beautiful species with a varied uniform colouring. 

The earliest it can be seen flying is the first week in April, although that is weather dependant I think. 
So I was fortunate to see several yesterday whilst walking along sunny woodland rides.

Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens.  1/1300 at f8. 300mm. ISO200





Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/640 at f8. 300mm. ISO200.


I was not sure I would be also find a female Orange Tip, but it has to be a lucky day as I did find more than one. 
I took a few shots of this one below feeding on a bluebell, …...


…….while I was doing so a male came into the frame to try his luck!



Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/1000 at f8. 300mm. ISO200

However the male was rejected and went wearily on his way.