Tagged: 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...

Small Copper (Lycaeena phlaeas) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9599

Lynchcombe Steps

Having a wild thyme on Lynchcombe even when the coppers arrived. Sorry, but today on the steep slopes of the combe in Lynchcombe there were some beautiful and unexpected small coppers (Lycaeena phlaeas) feeding on...

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) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_0224

Lynchcombe Steps

After the trips to Great Breach Wood it was time for Lynchcombe to demonstrate it can serve up its share of silver-washed fritillaries.  It did not disappoint. Silver-washed Fritillaries The silver-washed fritillaries were still...

Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_8568

Lynchcombe Steps

Today was another walk around the Somerset Wildlife Trust Lynchcombe reserve where I am a volunteer warden. During last weeks visit I had to ring up the farmer to help return some sheep back into the...

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7795

Lynchcombe Steps

Back up to the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Lynchcombe to check on things and count the butterflies. Small Skippers This week the thistles arrived and with them the small skippers (Thymelicus sylvestnis).  They have...

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) 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...

Lynchcombe - Somerset, UK. ID 822_6878

Lynchcombe Steps

An extremely hot day promised much at Lynchcombe.  Would the butterflies come out and get counted? Comma It is possible to see comma butterflies at anytime of the year even on warm winter days...

Large Blue (Maculinea arion) - Green Down, Somerset, UK. ID 822_5000

Large Blues III

Return visit in the evening to Green Down to photograph the large blue butterflies. Wild Tyme The large blue butterfly is very rare.  One of the reasons must be its complicated lifecycle.  The caterpillars...