We spent a fabulous morning taking part in the Bioblitz at Westonbirt. Nature experts took groups round the arboretum to see small mammals, butterflies, bees, wildflowers, dragonflies and more. My pictures include: marbled white, small skipper and comma butterflies; a wood mouse; large red and common blue damselflies; a pyramidal orchid (past its best); a red soldier beetle; male & female meadow grasshoppers; and a garden tiger moth.
We were really lucky on this trip – not only did we see bears and birds – we also had some fabulous views of butterflies. Some butterflies, like the Silver-washed Fritillary, will land and pose for photographs. Others are far less co-operative. The Clouded Yellow took off every time I approached and I struggled to get any sort of camera shot.
The Brimstone is the longest living British butterfly and is thought to be the original ‘butter coloured-fly’. It is a fairly unusual visitor to our garden and, if I do see one, it rarely hangs around long enough for me to get a decent photo. However, this one obliged.
We had a really good walk around the Barbary Castle area with The Marlborough Downs: A Space For Nature group looking for butterflies and moths. Butterflies included: Small & Essex skipper; Small tortoiseshell; Red admiral; Small & Chalkhill blue; Marbled white; Meadow brown and Ringlet. Plus Five & Six spot burnet moths.
Our walk on the historic Ridgeway in Wiltshire was pleasantly interrupted by Marbled Whites, Ringlets and Small Skippers. Plus – a whole host of other flying beasts that didn’t want their pictures taken.
At this time of year the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is alive with butterflies and dragonflies. Neither seem to want to pose for my camera but I have far more success with butterflies than dragonflies. Here we have a Ringlet and a Meadow brown.