Category Archives: Butterflies

#30DaysWild – highlights from 2019

Here are my highlights from #30DaysWild 2019. Moving house, while working full time and joining in with 30 Days Wild wasn’t easy, but it was very worth it!

One of the best things I have done all month is putting up the bird feeder in my new home. It didn’t take long for the birds to find it! I now have regular visits from Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows. I also have Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons hovering up the dropped crumbs. Winding down from a day at work, I now find myself sitting with my cuppa and watching my new feathered friends!

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#30DaysWild – Day 28 – Finding wildlife in a cemetery

Cemeteries are interesting places to walk – carefully and ornately carved gravestones, the names of loved ones who have passed, and of course the wildlife that have chosen to live there.

I occasionally visit an inner city cemetery, just to see what life I might find. Today my stroll took me through an old but large cemetery, some of it very well kept, other places had been left untended and become a home to birds and insects.

I watched butterflies, bees and hoverflies on wildflowers and bramble. I heard woodpeckers, bullfinch, wrens and blackbirds singing. I admired the colours of the many wildflowers that decorated the graves alongside the planted roses and placed bouquets.

Cemeteries are a special habitat, so diverse with wildlife, a little piece of urban wild.

 

#30DaysWild – Day 27 – Exploring my friend’s beautiful garden!

I went to visit my friend today. Before we sat down for our cuppa and a catch up, I went on an exploration of her beautiful garden. She has left the bottom part of her garden to grow wild, but even the planted and managed part of her garden is full of wildlife. All the gorgeous colourful flowers are ideal for bees and butterflies. A great home for our precious pollinators.

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#30DaysWild – Day 22 – Butterflies

I haven’t seen many butterflies this year, but today I managed to spy 4 species of butterfly. I saw a Peacock, a Red Admiral, a Common Blue and a Small Skipper. I caught a few photos to share with you.

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#30DaysWild – Day 17 – A day of bugs

A warmer day with a break in the rain was just what we all needed. It was indeed all it took for the bugs to come out and about! Here are just a few I saw today!

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Butterflies of last summer

I stepped out today into spring’s sun and headed straight to my local patch.

Enjoying the peace of the outdoors and revelling in all the newly emerged wildlife, I was able to contemplate the approaching sunny seasons. The flowers, birds and bugs. Just like every year, I am going to enjoy this summer!

I was lucky enough to grab a photo of a female Orange Tip. A species that has alluded me in the past. It was then I remembered I had so many photos of butterflies from last year, none of which I had shared. So here, in celebration of last summer and in anticipation of the summer to come, are some photos of butterflies I took in 2018.

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My photograph for August

A little late with this month’s photo but I hope it is worth the wait!
I really enjoying watching the butterflies this August, I also joined in with Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count. It was while I was doing a count, that I took this photo.
Flying around a small wooded area, this Comma landed in the perfect position. Catching the warm sunlight, the wings of the butterfly almost look like they are glowing!

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My photograph for July

This month has not just been a scorcher, but it has been brilliant for watching butterflies! I was thrilled to find a Small Copper and after a bit a patience I managed to take a photo of this little gem resting in the sun.

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#30DaysWild – Day 23 – Butterfly walk

On my search for beetles on Tuesday, I was stopped on 2 separate occasions by dog walkers asking me what I was looking for. I explained how I hoped to find a few beetle species for both 30 Days Wild and National Insect Week. Each time the people in question were fascinated and we talked for quite a while about the plight of insects and also local wildlife hot spots.

Today I decided to investigate one of those tips and was very pleasantly surprised!
I wanted to find some butterflies, I wasn’t sure that I would find many species as there quite a breeze. Clearly the day’s warmth was enough to entice them out.

On my walk to, around and home from the place I was recommended, I saw 9 species of butterfly! Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock and Red Admiral. I was well chuffed!

Next time I see those dog walkers, I shall thank them for the tip!

Day 23

 

 

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#30DaysWild day 21 – a beautiful butterfly

After a full day in the office, I escaped outside to enjoy the nature reserve at work. I was greeted with a real treat, a Marbled White. Not only is it the first time I’ve seen one there, but when I checked the records I found it was our first recorded sighting of this beautiful species!

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