Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Duke of Burgundy and other gems

I am so excited to have seen my first ever Duke of Burgundy butterflies today. They're very rare and are in serious decline due to loss of suitable habitat. They are such pretty little butterflies and I feel very lucky to have seen them!

I even saw a pair together, although he was keener than she was! I left them to it as I didn't want to put them off!!

I also saw a Green Hairstreak and my first Small Heath of the year.

Green Hairstreak

Small Heath
There were also lots of Dingy Skippers chasing each other around and even a few Grizzles Skippers.

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Grizzled Skipper
There were lots of day flying moths around, including small yellow underwings and this little chap.

The bees and flies were out in force in the sunshine and I spotted a pair of mating Black and Red Squash Bugs in the grass. I didn't quite get the focus right (again!), but I'm fairly sure that's what they are.

What a morning - not one I'll forget in a hurry!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Those are some great butterflies there! Especially the dukes. Your very lucky. Not long now until the first swallowtails emerge. I am hoping they will show up next Wednesday, fingers crossed!