Thursday, 31 May 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
The Cockchafer beetle Melolontha melolontha (also known as a May-bug) is 2-3cm long and blunders about at night at this time of year. When you have a chance to look at them closely they are rather beautiful and surprisingly hairy.
They are quite noisy beetles and if I'm out in the evening they tend to get caught in my fringe - which is alarming. Although I've managed, through experience, to stifle my instinct to scream.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
It has been rather too cool for butterflies so far this spring.
This Speckled Wood needed a bit of sunshine before showing itself in the garden this week.
There have been Holly Blues, Cabbage Whites and one Brimstone in the garden. The Brimstone was fantastic, only the second one I've ever seen. I only managed to snatch a couple of shots of it on purple Honesty flowers.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Jays - I have tried to get a decent photograph for months. Usually they know when they're
being watched, even from a distance. All my previous efforts have resulted in a blurry
white rump as they fly off. At last I got lucky.
The blue wing feathers are dramatic - although they're small, they're easy to spot
on the ground because they're such an intense colour.