Archive for July, 2013

Worth waiting

Posted in bumblebee, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 25 July 2013 by bramblejungle

After overnight rain the sun came out – and suddenly the marjoram patch was full of butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Here are a few (plus of course numerous small, large and green-veined whites, and the odd Red Admiral that I didn’t manage to capture):

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Bees on marjoram

Peacock (Inachis io)

Bees on marjoram

Hoverfly

Bees on marjoram

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Bees on marjoram

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Bees on marjoram

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Better late than never

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 12 July 2013 by bramblejungle

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Scarlet Tiger Moth colony at Butts Piece. For several years there have been large numbers of caterpillars on the comfrey in March, and moths towards the end of June. This year – an exceptionally cold Spring – I found a single caterpillar in April, and have not seen the moths at all, until now:

Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula)
There were five altogether, but I’ll keep watching. At least there is still some evidence of the colony.

Butts Piece is usually a good place for butterflies, but has been disappointing this year. Today, I saw 4 or 5 small tortoiseshells, 3 meadow browns, dozens of ringlets, one marbled white, and this comma:
Comma (Polygonia c-album
Summer has just started!

What else is flying?

Posted in birds, flight, oxfordshire, photography, pigeon, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 1 July 2013 by bramblejungle

I thought I’d keep the camera pointed skywards for a bit, just to see what I could capture:Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
A woodpigeon – plenty of those, but they fly fast so getting an “in-flight” shot was an achievement for me;

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) in flight

A goldfinch: they fly in bursts, alternating powered flight with folded-wing gliding;
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
A swallow, twisting and turning to catch insects,

Swift (Apus apus)

and a swift – as usual too high for a really clear shot, but identifiable by the wing shape and white chin.

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