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Monday, May 31, 2010

Common Blue, and Large Red, Damselflies

female Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum

Pair of Common Blue Damsels.

Here the female is ovipositing among the rocks.

Dave pointed this one out to me; it was quite a distance from me, hence the bad picture. I cannot identify it, so if you got any idea, leave a comment, please?

While Dave was walking about while I was taking these photos, he got himself a little larvae of? I don't know. Do you? Some kind of Sawfly or MicroMoth, perhaps.

Dave's thumb might give you an idea of size.

male Large Red Damselfly. Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Pair of Large Red Damselflies.

Pair of Large Red Damselflies, with female ovipositing on the leaf of the WaterLily.

Pair of Large Red Damselflies.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A little walk

Here's some pictures of a stroll around my local patch.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Orange Tip Butterfly.

female Orange Tip, Anthocharis cardamines,

If you look closely, you'll see the proboscis curled up, because this female has either just landed, or finished feeding on the nectar. (and no, these 2 pictures are not the same photo!)

I love that hairy look of butterflies and Moths. Many Moths add featherly antennae to this look, making them even more attractive!
The Orange tip male has two orange tips on each forewing; the female, as you can see here, has grey tips with faint orange border.

She kept flying about the plant, checking out each flower, and yet, after a lot of flying about, it would return to the same two flowerheads. She was very obliging and despite flicking the wings a lot, she was my ideal posing Butterfly.

I had seen a lot of Orange Tip males around the same spot, . (about 200m from my home) yet they never gave me the opportunity for a picture.

I wanted to add a few more photos. I have Blogger problems however and I'm unable to get the picture button working (on both blogs)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Micro Beetles and Grass in the Wind

The other day I spotted 2 tiny Beetles on the Brambles in my garden. At about 05-07mm long, life was only just beginning for these little ones, I think.
I could not get very good images, unfortunately.
I first spotted the mini Ladybird on a leaf about 70cm from me, and with so many thorny leaves between subject and me, I could not move the whole network of stems, branches, and leaves. Would you like to have an earthquake uproot you while sunbathing on the beach?

Then I spotted a Green critter, equally handsome and about similar in size. It was green all over with a gold-not yellow) shine, and I think it was the wings which were actually gold.
Also, it has a pattern of black & white on the antennae.
The trouble is that when you cannot get close to your mini subject, it is very difficult to get a grip on what it looks like. To see things like this well enough; I need to take of my glasses for any close-up stuff. I have not enough hands available to deal with reading glasses, which would only be more hassle to me.

These Grasses kept swaying in the wind, and it was hard to get a focus on them and a shot. These 2 are my favourites.

But even these have to come together,

And a focus too, in the end.

Some kind of Rush

Germander Speedwell