Thursday, 25 July 2013

Butterflies in the garden

Hi Folks I've posted this early as I've just found out there is a Springwatch Special tomorrow at 9pm on BBC2 a Guide to Butterflies and Moths which you might want to catch.




Comma resting on brambles








Gatekeeper on Eleagnus which now has the Passion Flower growing through it




Large White on valerian





 
 
 
Peacock
 







I'm fairly sure this is a Peacock resting on the path








.....another beautiful day in sunny Brixham!
SeagullSuzie





14 comments:

  1. Lovely butterflies - you're doing a lot better than me. I think the resting one might be a small Tortoiseshell but I could be wrong! check this out: http://butterfly-conservation.org/files/small-tortoiseshell-underwing1-jim-asher-web.jpg

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    1. Oh yes, thanks Em it does look like that image. Funny as I hadn't seen any tortoiseshells in the garden all day but it did seem too big to be a peacock really!

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  2. LOVELY pictures and well done for getting them, as we know how hard these flighty people are to photograph! I meant to put a note about the Springwatch Special on my blog but forgot- should be interesting to watch I'm very pleased they are doing it. Two peacocks flew into the house this afternoon- the first I have seen this year. I was thrilled. :-)

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    1. Thanks CT. I sat out most of the day in the garden with hubby and took my camera. I just kept leaping up from the shelter of the umbrella and then creeping about the garden trying to get them. I love when two butterflies are fluttering around each other, spiraling upwards. How lovely that they came into the house.

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  3. Lovely selection of butterflies. I hope to catch the Springwatch programme, too and I'm also hoping to spend an hour or two looking for some different butterflies over the weekend (although the weather looks a bit mixed here). it's fascinating to see what plants the butterflies are on as well.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I've just photographed a meadow brown in the garden. It seems like perfect butterfly weather as have had two commas, peacock, red admiral, speckled wood, lots of large whites all today. The all seem to love the buddleia and the large whites like the lavender. Have a good butterfly hunt!

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  4. Lovely photos and well done on managing to get such pictures - not having much luck here - just Large Whites at a distance!!! Thanks for reminding me re: the butterfly programme - very much looking forward to it.

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    1. I think I'll record it too just in case there are bits I want to see again. This heat has really brought them out as last year I hardly saw any, but then again the garden has come on a lot so I'm sure that's helped a little.

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  5. Oh well done capturing them. I tried to take some down at the allotment but they wouldn't stay still for long enough! x

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    1. I used my secret weapon-the telephoto lens! It's still not easy because it's harder to see if it's really a perfect focus on the butterfly or a leaf or flower instead. So it's been a bit hit and miss, but I was very happy to get some in focus.

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  6. Some wonderful photos of some wonderful butterflies! The large white on the valerian is gorgeous :) Are you doing a big butterfly count this year? Has been a fantastic year for them so far!

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    1. Thanks Tom. I want to edit the large white on the valerian as I love the black background. I'll use Photoshop to remove that little bit of white flower at the bottom. Yes, I'm going to take part in the count as Ragged Robin did a post on this which alerted me to it. Have just spent the day on Berry Head and although it was windy we did get some more butterflies including a Wall.

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  7. Great variety for your garden and lovely photos :) I didn't see the program as was at work which was a bit annoying!

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    1. I think you may be able to see it on iplayer. Yes, this year has been great for everyone who loves and misses butterflies. I have never seen so many commas.

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