Friday, 3 June 2016

Back to Britain.

With the awful weather we've been experiencing this past week it hasn't been easy to find much around lately. Last Saturday another butterfly survey produced a pretty poor count with 3 Green Hairstreaks being the best sighting. However, Dragonflies were better with several Broad-bodied Chasers seen including a male that was losing its immature colour to its adult blue colour. This is my favourite stage of the Broad-bodied Chaser. Several Hairy Dragonflies and a few Emperor Dragonflies were also seen. However a Downy Emerald was the best of the Dragonflies, although as normal with this species it didn't settle within range.



Male Broad-bodied Chaser.


Yesterday, back on the patch I found a Hawthorn bush with 40 plus Emperor Moth larvae as well as a few Common Blues roosting.



Emperor Moth larvae.



Roosting Common Blue.

Today, once again in very cool cloudy conditions a search for Small Blues was negative. What was a surprise was a fresh Dingy Skipper. The only other butterflies seen was a single Wall Brown and a roosting Common Blue.



Dingy Skipper.






4 comments:

  1. That broad bodied chaser looks very dark!

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  2. Hi. Admirable photos. Good weekend to you.

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  3. Lovely set of photos Bob. Love the colours on the Broad bodied Chaser.

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