Tuesday, 26 July 2016

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Orange-tips and Green-veined White at Brockholes nature reserve, Preston

May 16: 2015:
Views of upper and lower wing surfaces of male and female Orange-tips. Also, a male Green-veined White's upper surface.

Orange-tip (above), male Green-veined White (below)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Lesser Emperor

A Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) at Ezouzas, Cyprus (24.4.2015)

Cyprus - Larnaca salt lake but only very distant shots (24.4.2015) Also Eleonora's Falcon at Kensington Cliffs (26.4.15)

All feeding in the very shallow water

Avocets and Black-winged Stilts

Red-necked Phalaropes

Greater Flamingo

An Eleonora's Falcon at a distance of 600m+ flying across the shear Kensington Cliff face

Monday, 14 July 2014

Large Heaths and Beautiful Demoiselles in south Cumbria

June 16, 2014:

Large Heath on raised bog

Beautiful Demoiselle on Water Crowfoot

Small Blues and orchids on the north Cumbrian coast

June 14, 2014:

Pyramidal Orchid

Bee Orchid

Hybrid: Northern Marsh Orchid x Common Spotted Orchid

Whixall Moss, Shropshire

June 11, 2014 at Whixall Moss

White-faced Darters at Whixall Moss, a well-know site for this scarce British species

Four-spotted Chasers were frequent here

South Cumbria Spring butterflies

May 14, 2014:
Green Hairstreak at Foulshaw

Orange-tip at Foulshaw

Duke of Burgundy on Whitbarrow

Dingy Skipper on Whitbarrow

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Cyprus - other invertebrates

April 29-May 5, 2014:
Many of the invertebrates were suffering because of the drought but a few found are shown here.
Crocothemis erythraea, male - Fassouri reed beds
Decticus albifrons - Ayia Varvara
Humming-bird Hawkmoth - Nikoklea
Oedipoda cf. miniata - Kidassi
Phoenicolacerta troodica -Polis
Volucella zonaria - Nikoklea

Cyprus butterflies

April 29-May 5, 2014:
Not having had any rain during he winter everywhere was very dry and the dragonflies and orthoptera had especially suffered with numbers very low. Butterflies were reasonably frequent and several species were seen.
Brown Argus at Smygies
 Clouded Yellow - Polis
Cyprus Meadow Brown - Polis
Eastern Dappled White - Kensigton Cliffs
Grass Jewel, the smallest European butterfly at Kedares
Hermit - near Anarita
Long-tailed Blue - Smygies and Aspro dam
Lulworth Skipper - Kouklea
Millet Skipper near Kouklea
Swallowtail near Kouklea

Monday, 31 March 2014

Early Spring plants

March 2014: Some of the scarcer Spring plants are now in flower. By rivers in Wensleydale and south Cumbria, Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem (Gagea lutea) has now come into flower as has the parasitic Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) which grows on the roots of hazel and other shrubs. Some photos of each are below.
Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem in south Cumbria
Toothwort by the River Kent