Monday, 9 August 2010

Wall Butterfly and other wings.

Twice last week I saw a Southern Hawker dragonfly circling the pond. Every now and then it would disappear under the hedge next to the pond so I guess it was hunting for food. Unfortunately so far it hasn't settled for a photo session. While I was waiting, camera in hand, hoping for the dragonfly to land I spotted a butterfly on a flower. It was the first time I had seen any of the brown varieties in the garden so I took several shots before it disappeared.

Wall Butterfly

I had to look up to see what had visited - A Wall Butterfly, Lasiommata megera. A female I think judging by the tiny white spot near the front wing tip.

During our afternoon walk yesterday I was lucky enough to capture a shot of a Common Darter dragonfly as it rested.

Common Darter Dragonfly

There are still plenty of bumble bees in the front garden. They are now spoilt for choice. Not only do they have the lavender plants but also the hibiscus which has come into flower.

Bumble Bee on Hibiscus Flower

Also being attracted are a few of the local wasps.

Wasp on Hibiscus Flower

Visiting bird numbers are well down recently. They are able to find plenty of natural food. At least it means that my seed stock is lasting a decent time.


  1. The colours are lovely, pink carnation and the brown butterfly make a great combo

  2. A very colourful post just what I need after three hours on the road.

  3. That butterfly is a beauty John. Never seen one of those before.
    I've got a Hibiscus in my garden. They certainly pull the bees in.

  4. I was lucky, Captain Shagrat, as it was the only flower it landed on.

  5. It was Keith. At first I though it was going to be a Gatekeeper or similar but was surprised by the final identification. The Hibiscus is a great attraction for the insects.

  6. What a lovely photo of the Wall butterfly John, I haven't seen any this year so may have to make do with this pic. Best wishes, Linda

  7. Whoops - nearly missed you there Adrian. I pleased it brightened up you day. Three hours amongst today's traffic is more than enough for anyone.

  8. Thank you Linda. I though it was never going to open its wings for me but it did in the end. Can't say I have ever seen one before now.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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