Friday, 14 August 2009

Butterflies at Bank's Pond

Banks pond has been a source of great pleasure, providing exceptional views of dragon and damselflies. Yesterday I found and photographed the Blue-tailed damsel fly I had been looking for and was more successful in my efforts to photograph the Common and Ruddy Darter dragonflies (more of both in forthcoming pieces).

I also kept an open-eye for butterflies and was not disappointed. Unfortunately, a fresh-looking Peacock escaped the camera but I did find a pair of Large White feeding on Common Knapweed. I think this is the male ...

Large White (Pieris brassicae)

And I photographed a Painted Lady for the first time ...

Painted Lady (Venessa cardui)

These Wall butterflies were a real bonus and a lifetime tick. The male (upper) was typically hyper-active, patrolling his territory, settling frequently if briefly on sunnier parts of the path we shared, before eventually coming upon his mate, if mate she was, in the path-side grass. He then head-butted her half a dozen times before pausing just long enough for them to have their picture taken.

Phil Gates has a fascinating piece on his Cabinet of Curiosities blog about Wall butterfly behaviour including the head-butting I observed.

Wall butterflies (Lasiommata megera)


kirstallcreatures said...

The pair of Wall butterflies are great sighting Emma, you must have been delighted. L

Anonymous said...

Lovely images Emma. The Wall Browns are great. I did see some the other day down south but didn't have a long lens. I certainly couldn't get near them with the small Canon G10, far too flighty.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely shots Emma. It has been a real treat this year; there seem to be so many butterflies around.