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Butterflies and hovers

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 4 August 2014 by bramblejungle

The last few weeks have seen the usual comma, peacock, red admiral, meadow brown… in good numbers. Here are some of the others: a Holly Blue with its wings open
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

An Essex Skipper at Butts Piece: these look much like Small Skippers, but have antennae that are black under the tip

Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

Meanwhile the garden – especially the marjoram patch – has been full of hoverflies (mouse-over the photos for details)

Chrysotoxum verralliHoverfly - Myathropa floreaThick-legged hoverfly (Syritta pipiens)Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris)Syrphus ribesii


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


Bees on marjoram

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Bees on marjoram

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Bees on marjoram

More good signs

Posted in "red kite", garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 13 August 2012 by bramblejungle

Peacock (Inachis io)
This is certainly proving a poor year for some butterfly species – I haven’t seen any Common Blues (which usually peak around now) or Small Tortoiseshells (should peak in July and again late August), but there are a few Peacocks around now; this is the usual time for a second generation to emerge. Holly Blues (sorry, no photo) are also on the wing – the second brood of the year.
Meanwhile hoverflies and bees seem to be in good shape here, including a few species I haven’t seen before:
Heliophilus trivittatus Heliophilus trivittatus, m.Eristalis intricarius, a bee-mimicking hoverfly (new to me) Eristalis intricarius, f.Slender Mining Bees Lasioglossum calceatum (Slender Mining Bee)Volucella Pellucens, a bumble-bee mimic hoverfly Volucella pellucens And of course there are plenty of red kites. They are mostly looking a bit the worse for wear as they are moulting, so I cheated and took this shot at the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover – they are still my favourite British bird of prey Red Kite


Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 14 July 2012 by bramblejungle

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
This is still proving a poor year for butterflies – except for a few Marbled Whites locally – but hoverflies are pretty much in evidence. They are useful pollinators, and many species have larvae that eat aphids.Syrphus ribesii, fHoverflyChrysotoxum cautum

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