Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Upton Towens

A couple of weeks ago I spent a good part of a day down at Upton Towens near Hayle , a Cornwall Wildlife Trust nature reserve comprising of super sand dune systems and coastal grasses,,which attract a varied array of fauna and flora
Dark Green Fritillary
. My main target were the Silver Studded Blues which were much in evidance but pretty flighty , earlier or later in the day may have been better, also good numbers of Dark Green Fritillary were on the wing which was nice to see.A great place to spend a day.
Male Silver Studded Blue

Male Silver Studded Blue

Meadow Browns paired.

Even the Flesh Flies were loved up!

Skipper-just to show the very long tongue

Garden Tiger Moth

Garden Tiger Moth

Pyramidal Orchid complete with Beetle

Dark Green Fritillary's paired.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Stretch Spiders (Tetragnathidae extensa)

One approaches another

A fight starts

I dont know if this is a pair or a territorial dispute or something else , but interesting to watch.
A common spider especially near water, these were photographed beside the lake at the Alpaca Park near Hallwill Junction in Devon, a great place to have a wander around followed by a bite to eat ( you can take the wife for a nice morning out ,but just happen to have youe macro lens on you just in case)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The French Alps 4-Best of the rest

Some more of the animal life photographed in the French Alps.
Globe Flower

Paper Wasp

Ants tending aphids

Ants tending aphids

Ants tending aphids

Thick Legged Flower Beetle



Burnt Orchid

Alpine succulant?

Roman Snail


Beetle on Gyranium

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The French Alps 3-Marmots.

Some time was spent on the high slopes photographing Marmots, fascinating animals, bigger than I thought, and quite inquisitive.
Marmot with ski slopes and mountain background


Marmots scrap

Youngster having a snack

Saturday, 5 July 2014

The French Alps 2-From Butterflies To Miths (Moths)

A few of the Moth species photographed on our week in the French Alps.
Buff Tip

Ghost Moth ( female )

Grey Dagger


Early Thorn

Underwing sp?


Peppered Moths

Clouded Border

Small Elephant Hawk Moth

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The French Alps

A great week in the French Alps at the annual IFWP congress. Beautiful scenery and lots of photos taken of  of the varied local wildlife. A few Butterflies found on our travels.
Black Veined Whites

Alpine Heath

Brimstone on Yellow Rattle

Heath Fritillary

Heath Fritillary

Grizzled Skipper


One of the Blues

Unknown Blue