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.
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.
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!
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.
Having eaten my lunch I decided I wanted to enjoy the lovely sunshine. Taking my stroll I had the chance to see I wasn’t the only one appreciating the glorious weather!
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!
Today I went to watch the Women’s Tour of Britiain. You might be wondering what a cycle race has to do with 30 Days Wild, well I decided it was worth the 15 mile cycle through the countryside to see the race pass through my local area.
Not only was it a glorious day to have a cycle anywhere, but the journey was beautiful. There was so many species of birds flying by and singing.
On my way home I stopped for a snack and paused at a lay-by. Sitting on a log I watched bees, beetles and butterflies visiting the flowers that lined the colourful verge. My snack finished, I went to get up, but before I could I felt a sharp pain on my behind. It made me stand up VERY quickly! Looking back I saw a large black ground beetle that had not been there when I had sat down. It quickly scurried back into its wooden crevice in the log. It was then I realised that I had been bitten on the bottom by a beetle! There’s a first time for everything!
It might have been a long ride, but it was worth it. I feel inspired enough to take that ride again!