Today’s Butterfly Hunt

Today’s butterfly hunt started off very well indeed.  Before we’d even set off we were prancing around a Buddleia bush beside the car clicking our camera shutters. There were Small Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals, Peacocks, a Painted Lady and a Gatekeeper. A 45-minute drive north took us to Myers Allotment up in Silverdale which has been a great place in previous years for a wide variety of butterflies but today it wasn’t. I did manage to get a picture of a Dragonfly though but not much else. Next, a visit to Leighton Moss bird reserve where we saw more Painted Ladies and Red Admirals and then onto one of  our favourite locations for butterfly hunting, Warton Crag. Warton Crag is limestone hill with wonderful walks giving great views right across Morecambe Bay. On our arrival there we were greeted by almost a swarm (slight exaggeration there) of bright yellow Brimstone butterflies. A bit further up the Crag there were some small Common Blues. The sun was shining and we had the place to ourselves. It was perfect! I’d like to share some of today’s shots which I hope you like:                   Today’s butterfly […]

Macro Moments: Two Red Admirals and a Peacock

Two Red Admirals and a Peacock….. which are the butterflies I photographed in the garden this afternoon. This is my offering this week for Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge: Week 7,  which is a link well worth a click. Before I became interested in butterflies a few years back, I had grown up convinced that there were only two sorts in UK:  there were big white ones and there were Red Admirals. When I retired and started doing macro photography, I was amazed stunned  flabbergasted to find out that there are 57 species in the British Isles. So far I’ve probably seen around fifty of these and I love them all. This afternoon in the garden there were Red Admirals, Peacocks, Green-Veined Whites and a Small Tortoiseshell.  All this in a small garden within a couple of hours after lunch. Whilst there is a small resident population of Red Admirals in The British Isles, mostly are migrants: Starting each spring and continuing through the summer there are northward migrations, which are variable in extent and timing, from North Africa and continental Europe. The immigrant females lay eggs and consequently there is an emergence of fresh butterflies, from about July onwards. They continue […]

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 6: Large White

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 6  There haven’t been many butterflies in the garden so far this year but there were a couple of Large Whites this afternoon. I also took some shots of the very same wasps I had been shooing out of the bathroom window this morning. Well, they looked pretty much like the same ones and they’d brought all their friends with them too to enjoy the nectar from the flowers alongside the bees and butterflies. There were some really interesting flies too, which I photographed. I do love what macro allows me to see.   Exif data for this image: Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens f5.0 ISO 640 1/2500 sec    

Macro Moments: Week 1

A big thank you to Susan at Musin’ with Susan for her Macro Moments Challenge:Week 1  For my first post for this challenge I’ve chosen a shot of a Common Blue butterfly taking nectar from a Birdsfoot Trefoil flower. I hope to spend a lot of time again this summer lying down watching these tiny creatures feeding and basking in the sunshine (that’s the butterflies I mean, though I don’t mind the odd bit of feeding and basking too). I always say that life isn’t so bad when you can spend hours eyeballing butterflies. I hope you like this image:   Exif data: Canon 7D EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM f 5.0 1/2000sec (Pinpoint focus on the eye)            

April: Macros in the Garden

HeyJude who runs  a great website The Earth Laughs in Flowers  has invited us to go out into our gardens in the month of April and take some close-ups. I thought I’d have a go even though flower photography isn’t my strong point. So I dutifully took a daffodil, and then luckily I saw a peacock butterfly and some bees.     I’d learn to learn a bit about bees this year now that I am beginning to fully realise how essential they are for our food supply. I bought a chart showing all the common ones, but to my untrained eye a lot of them look pretty similar. Hence the macro photography of bees as I am hoping that sitting with a photograph on the screen and with the chart beside it, it might be a bit easier slightly possible.  I’ve given up with trying to identify moths as there are over 4,000 kinds in UK (mainly brownish and nocturnal too).  Now butterflies, on the other hand come only in 57 (yes, exactly 57) varieties in UK. I am a keen photographer of butterflies as some are also quite big and they sit still.  

Potential Peacocks

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge : Future Each of these caterpillars has the potential …….   ……to become a Peacock Butterfly:   Now that’s what I call a future.


After all the heavy rain last night the grass was extra green this morning, the canal towpath was extra muddy, the dandelions were extra yellow and this small tortoiseshell butterfly seemed brand new. I love seeing them like this, backlit by the sun and with a light dusting of pollen. It’s just perfection.   

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