Thursday, 3 October 2013

Woodland Walk

Just when you thought it was safe to read my blog again and you had seen the last of them,

"THE BUTTERFLIES ARE BACK'


Brimstone

A walk through the local woodland nature reserve revealed that there are still some butterfly species on the wing and in good numbers. Nothing out of the ordinary was found and species such as Brimstone, Comma, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White were observed. 


Comma




Speckled Wood


Ruddy Darter (f)



Large White






Small White





Speckled Wood






I said earlier "nothing out of the ordinary", but this one below is quite late to be still around. 
A very washed out Holly Blue, one of the 'Summer Brood' that is at the end of its flight time.




Geek Info
For those that are interested about cameras, the image below was taken using the equipment listed (effectively a full frame mirrorless camera and 600mm lens) and cropped approx 85% to show the detail obtained. 

Lumix GH3. Panasonic 100-300 lens. 300mm(=600). 1/500 at f8. ISO400


38 comments:

  1. HI Roy Wow! It is amazing that so many butterflies are still around and lovely to see them on your post today. All beautifully shot. It looks a lovely place to walk and it was great to see the leaves turning colour. Love the Oak leaves.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. However, we are now having a lot of rain and that won't help their survival at this stage.

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  2. Hi Roy

    I love the Commas and Brimstones nice to see now that it is getting cold here.

    Guy

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  3. Not more butterflies Roy ;-) However seriously these are great pics and you obviously still have a terrific variety on the wing down your way.

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    1. Thanks David.{:))
      The Brimstones and Commas are OK, but the rest are looking a bit old now.

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  4. Roy, what a great place to walk. Love the orange comma!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. It will soon get very wet under foot though in that area as its low lying.

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  5. Yep, autumn is definitely there, but butterflies will remain for quite a while for our pleasure!
    The Coma is gorgeous, I haven't seen one in a long time... strange!
    I love your previous post on the heron, fantastic pictures!
    Keep well Roy!

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    1. Thanks Noushka.
      Red Admirals are seriously absent here.

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  6. Hi Roy, I don't mind seeing butterflies and sunny pictures, so I enjoyed your blog very much. I had a Comma in the garden yesterday. But autumn is comming as I see in the coloured leaves in UK and Dutch trees. I'm sure you'll make nice pictures of the changing season also but don't forget a lone butterfly if you see one, it keeps me remembering my favourite season ;-).

    Have a nice weekend,
    Marianne

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    1. Thanks Marianne, I will look out for one.{:))

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  7. Super set of images Roy, summer is still refusing to let go, despite today's rain!!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes rain definitely stopped play today.

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  8. Can't pick a favorite out of this superb set, Roy.

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  9. Hey Roy...The Comma on the blackberries are stunning photos! Just gorgeous colors!!
    I am glad to see more butterflies : ) . I still have some to post, and am still seeing them!!
    This is a lovely post, I enjoyed it even with a hint of Autumn !!

    Grace

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  10. I'm glad they're back! Beautiful photos, especially of the Comma and the Brimstone and your close up. There aren't too many to be seen here anymore, but perhaps - if we have several very warm October days - there may be a final flurry of different types. I hope so.

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  11. I've been pleasantly surprised as to the number of flutter and dragons I've seen this past week.

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  12. Love that first one; but a great set all round.
    I've only seen a couple of Commas this year.

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  13. I'm impressed with the number of great bugs you still have.

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    1. Thanks Steve. I think its because the season was about a month late and the reasonable weather we are still getting means there are still a lot around.

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  14. Sorry if I am repeating myself over and over again but my comments do not seem to be loading.
    In the early 2000s we had small quantities of butterflies, but a large variety. Unfortunately they have not recovered up here from the recent dreadful summers and all we have seen this year are Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, a few Speckled Wood and Purple Emperor. No Red Admirals, Small Coppers, Walls, Meadow Browns, Blues, Commas or Brimstones. And the moths are absent too, not even a single Cinnebar. Such a loss:(

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    1. Thanks Sweff, I got all three of your repeat comments so its working OK. {:))
      Red Admirals are sadly missing here as well.


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  15. Lovely photos especially the ones of the comma on the blackberries. Been seeing speckled woods around here too.

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    1. Thanks D. I think things are going to change now though.

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  16. It looks like spring on your blog with all those beautiful butterflies and dragonflies Roy. I also saw a number of Brimstone and Whites today. You Comma butterfly I find very beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Helma. I wish it was Spring. (;))

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  17. Roy, I really like the waving grasses and the butterfly on the berries!

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  18. Wonderful butterflies, as always! We never tire of your butterflies. That first one looks almost like leaves rather then wings.

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