Category: Butterflies

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0266

Draycott Sleights

Last post I mentioned that I won a photography competition, what I did not mention was that I won a fantastic new camera with a macrro zoom. So on the first opportunity I took...

Comma (Polygonia c-album) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9274

Rediscovery Trail

Back on the Discovery Trail through the Great Breach Wood in the heart of Somerset. Silver-Washed Fritillaries At this time of year you cannot miss the large silver-washed fritillary butterflies gliding through the rides...

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) - South Hill, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7638

South Hill – Day Dreaming

I had recently seen some old but beautiful backlit images of marbled whites within their grassland. I wanted to try and replicate this style of picture. So there was only one place to go –...

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) on Self Heal (Prunella) - South Hill, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7209

South Hill – Marbles Rock

The Somerset Wildlife Trust of South Hill is becoming a real favourite.  Today I returned to find the marbled white butterflies were really rocking. Marble Whites Marbled whites are officially a brown butterfly –...

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) - South Hill, Somerset, UK. ID 822_6975

South Hill – Pyramid Stage

I had been told by the South Hill warden that the nature reserve was covered in Pyramidal Orchids.  So this was a must visit to the tiny Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve. I did not...

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1084

Black Rock

I’ve visited Longwood, near Cheddar, a couple of times this week to see the bluebells.  Each time, I got there walking along the drove through Black Rock.  You can forgive people for ignoring this drove. However, Black...

Wall (Lasiommata megera) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK.

Draycott Walls

My return to Draycott Sleights attempting to find more Walls.  Not the wall of rock below but the Wall butterfly  (Lasiommata megera). It was early in the morning and after chasing a few old Chalkhill Blues...

Draycott Sleights - Somerset, UK.

Draycott Sleights

Today I visited the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Draycott Sleights high up on the Mendip Hills. Butterflies Thats enough landscapes.  Today I came to find some Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) butterflies.  As it happened...

Marbled White at Edford Meadows

Edford Meadows

An evening visit to Edford Meadows with other volunteers from the Somerset Wildlife Trust.  This was my first ever visit to this reserve and many thanks to the SWT for the evening and especially...

Marbled White - Lynchcombe

Lynchcombe Steps

A few days ago I came across a group of Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) butterflies while walking around the edge of a field near Castle Cary. So today on one of my regular visits...