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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

More recent shots

Time for tea by Alf Branch, on Flickr

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Damsel fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Leafhopper by Alf Branch, on Flickr

finally not really the right subject but here goes with this little guy

Common froglet by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Giant Dragonfly seen in Cardiff...............
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Giant Dragonfly seen in Cardiff...............
It could use a new coat of paint!

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P9190708 (Medium) by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

P9190710 (Medium) by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

Bee on a wild flowers in the park...such a beautiful Autumnal day..........

Gallery won't let upload these as they are supposed to be too large, but well under the 500mb limit...

Hover fly perhaps?
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Booze bush found.............

Just looking for the Guiness one now..........
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Red Admiral on a laurel type bush. There must have been 20 Red Admirals and a handful of Tortoiseshells on this bush in the bright sunshine. Its a must of my garden now..........
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I have a number of exotic butterflies from France, which I might upload....but I actually had a few hours yesterday in (relative) warmth and sunshine near home to look for butterflies. Well in comparison with the damp and cold of the past two weeks... So I treated myself to a walk round Summer Leys reserve, which is local and good for Autumnal scenes. Within the limitations of the fauna of Northamptonshire it was a good day...

One Small Copper. I must have taken 30 pictures and the best shots were of the underside...


A single Red Admiral, but strongly marked and in a nice place...


Commas were there in good numbers and in lovely condition...posing for me every few yards




Speckled Woods similarly in good numbers but a bit patchy, so I post this one as it is better shape...


This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was also enjoying the day...


As a final shot...having posted one Red Admiral there have been dozens more at home on the Ivy, but not yesterday as it was heaving with wasps..
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I have a number of exotic butterflies from France, which I might upload....but I actually had a few hours yesterday in (relative) warmth and sunshine near home to look for butterflies. Well in comparison with the damp and cold of the past two weeks... So I treated myself to a walk round Summer Leys reserve, which is local and good for Autumnal scenes. Within the limitations of the fauna of Northamptonshire it was a good day...

One Small Copper. I must have taken 30 pictures and the best shots were of the underside...


A single Red Admiral, but strongly marked and in a nice place...


Commas were there in good numbers and in lovely condition...posing for me every few yards




Speckled Woods similarly in good numbers but a bit patchy, so I post this one as it is better shape...


This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was also enjoying the day...


As a final shot...having posted one Red Admiral there have been dozens more at home on the Ivy, but not yesterday as it was heaving with wasps..

A very nice series Peter.


Did you manage to take any new images of Owlflies while you were in France?


You captured my interest with the last images you posted of them.


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Did you manage to take any new images of Owlflies while you were in France?


You captured my interest with the last images you posted of them.


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Not in France as it was not really the right habitat. This was earlier in June in Hungary.

Sulphur Ascalaphid (Owlfly) - Libelloides coccajus by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

Thanks for asking. They are lovely and spectacular insects.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

as nobody said not to

Our summer holiday to France this year was a little later than previous years and also not as far south. So my expectations were not overly optimistic.

In preparation I had prepared a list of what was likely to be on the wing in the Dordogne in August together with a few recommended locations from a local expert. It was a list with some interesting species on there but I tried to keep my enthusiasm in check. As we left the UK it was raining but the weather forecast for the Dordogne was 30+ for the whole week (with some showers on the two day journey down). Each year I go to France I say we can't keep doing these huge distances (and then have such a great time change my mind... ). It is a compulsion and a dilemma. This year I booked us into two Chateau B&Bs on the way down, and one on the race homewards (mistake should have done two back as well).

Our holiday was staying in a small pretty village surrounded by walks into lovely countryside. There was the traditional Dordogne fare of caves and canoes should we have wished it, but we didn't. We stick to peace and rural solitude.

The weather was initially OK 30-34, but on some days the temperature hit 38 degrees and that tended to keep even mad dogs inside for a few hours. It seems wrong to moan but our house was at the top of a hill and I am built for comfort, not speed.

So I have quite a few pictures to share.

There were many hundreds of fritillaries. Biggest numbers were of - Silver-washed Frits


Weaver's Frits




A good few Meadow Frits


Pearl-bordered frits


and Knapweed




Sometimes together...


One of my personal favourites the Queen of Spain Frits




As you can see most were in pretty good condition and most of these pictures were taken in quite unremarkable meadows and waste land.That is the one thing that makes France a personal joy to me - the amount of good open ground there is teeming with butterflies. There were the 'dead' areas probably sprayed and farmed the 'modern' way but plenty of old and untouched meadow and scrub to walk through full of insect life. I wish we had it in Northants!

One of the highlights for me were the Lesser Purple Emperors. Both the dark and orange (Clytie) forms. I saw more than I could photograph as they were quite active in the heat and often high unless there was something smelly to bring them down. I was a partial draw with one enjoying some sweat (sorry no pictures!)











Alongside the LPE's were Southern White Admirals and Maps.




Another highlight was to see a number of Dryads. A butterfly I struggle to depict well. It is always ungainly and clumsy in landing. I was actually fairly pleased with this shot...


This one displaying the more usual ragged and torn specimen. But they are still lovely


Speaking of ragged and torn. Here was a late surviving Large Blue. I had hoped for better but am glad I kept this shot as it was my only sighting.


But some specimens were in absolutely super condition. Including this Sooty Copper


And this Small Copper


Dozens of Adonis Blues


Hundreds of Holly Blues




Berger's Clouded Yellow


The one Swallowtail that slowed down.... :lol:


And I'll stop with a picture which I love as a picture... . Just shows what good light can do for a photo and why artists love the European light...



Hope you like them..
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Wow, some awesome photos there Peter.............

Take it that you like butterflies....

Apparently the influx of Red Admirals here in the UK are migrants from le Continent, only what I have been told. They are an amazing species.............
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