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.
It’s not easy to pick up birds of prey at Westonbirt during summer because, even when they perch, they usually do so in positions obscured by foliage. Just for a change though, I found this Buzzard in a bare tree and he stayed there just long enough for me to get a couple of shots.
You don’t see many bulls at Westonbirt but, at this time of the year, there are dragons everywhere. I believe this dragon is a Southern hawker dragonfly and the bulls are a male and a female bullfinch.
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.