Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Upton Towens

9th July 2017.

A day out with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photo Group at Upton Towens near Hayle , an area of sand dunes and coastal vegetation ,fantastic habitat for a great variety of species . Specialities here include Silver Studded Blue and Dark Green Fritillary Butterflies as well as a host of other wildlife.
Looking across to Godrevy Lighthouse

Silver Studded Blues mating

Silver Studded Blue

Whilst  photographing these Pyramidal Orchid a Silver Studded Blue landed and posed just long enough for me to get a shot.

Dark Green Fritillary

Small Skippers 

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Scarlet Tiger Moths

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Colour Purple

7th July 2017.

Nanquidno in West Cornwall is ablaze with colour in the summer with fields of Purple Bugloss and Corn Marigold,  a feast for the eyes, a joy to behold, just sitting in the sun trying to take it in, where better in the world could you be...A Peacock Butterfly finds a thistle among the Bugloss to feed on to add to the scene.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bonking Beetles

8th July 2017.

The Common Red Soldier Beetle ( Rhagonycha fulva) also known as the Bloodsucker or the Bonking Beetle (honest) is very common, usually found on umbellifer  flowers such as Hogweed and Cow Parsley. They do indeed  spend much of their short lives mating,( I guess if you haven't much time on this planet ). In early July they seemed to be everywhere, it is one of those insects you pass by and don't bother with, so I made the effort and spent an hour or so trying to photographing them.
Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best.

Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles