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Thursday 28 June 2018

The Purple Emperor - Finally

Wednesday 27th June.  I parked the car in a Farmers yard and walked down the edge of an Oilseed Rape field towards the Woodland that I visit quite regularly during the Spring and Summer. I knew it was going to be a good day when I observed a Hare which came running towards me up the same path. I was able to take a few long range shots as it was nibbling at the base of the rape plants on its frequent stops as it approached me. 
Sadly it did see me and ran back the other way.

I went into the woodland and at one location I photographed a male Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly as it frequently came to the same patch of Bramble bushes. I made the decision to return there at the end of my walk and use another camera on the end of a long lens (mainly for technical interest sake).

I returned later to this spot which was a narrow walk between tall trees with bushes either side.
I took a few shots of the Silver-washed and hoped that a White Admiral butterfly may also put in an appearance. 
It did so subsequently and I took a few shots of that. 
I was quite happy that I had bagged both of these species as it was early in their Flight time.

Later a White Admiral (or so I thought initially) flew down from behind me and landed in the shade on some bramble leaves about two metres in front of me. It was in quite deep shade, but I moved to take a few shots of it.  Suddenly, I think I said something like," Oh! no it .......... isn't "(as the realisation hit me) that it was actually a male Purple Emperor. 
You have to consider that this was the first time I had seen this species up close. Sure I had seen it flying around the tops of tall trees in the same woodland once before a couple of years ago, but never this close. 
The only downside was that of all the shots I took, I couldn't quite get the iridescent purple shining fully on its wings in the sun. (But who cares)

At one stage it was disturbed by a Silver-washed, but thankfully landed again about ten metres away on the ground.

Eventually it took off and flew way up in the top of the tall trees.

Sunday 24 June 2018

More Flutters

More of the recent species of butterflies that I have found on the wing.

Male Common Blue

Female Common Blue.

Male Brimstone

Male Brown Argus

Male Large Skipper

Another visit to the Black Hairstreak location that I previously reported produced these.

Two recently emerged species.

Male Ringlet.

Male Meadow Brown

Friday 22 June 2018

Grass Vetchling

(Lathyrus nissolia)

It was pure luck that I found this little flower. I was walking on a trodden pathway at the edge of a large grass field and noticed amongst the grass a very tiny little pink flower. The flower was similar to a Sweet Pea bloom, but measured only about 5mm across. It appeared to be attached to a tall single stalk of grass.

The Grass Vetchling (an annual) is a member of the Pea family and flowers between May and July.

Thursday 21 June 2018

More from the Lady

Is this going to be a good year for Painted Lady numbers.
I have observed two now much earlier than I would normally expect. 
I have also heard of other observers finding them already.

This one I shot below was happily flitting from one bramble flower head to the next and it remained in that area. 
I took so many shots I left the area before it did.

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Single Image Post

My latest single image features a single Woodpigeon feeding on grass.
A flexible diet sustains this resident species throughout the year.

Monday 18 June 2018

House Sparrow Collecting Food for the Brood

There is an abundance of Mayflies now and this male House Sparrow is certainly filling his beak. 
I watched him collecting food nearby and taking it to a nesting site. He was a busy bird.

Greater Stitchwort