As it was forecast to be dry (at last!) and fairly calm last night, I decided to go out and try and find some butterflies. Within about 5 minutes I found this Large Skipper on a Self-heal flower.
Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus, Herefordshire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens and flash setup.
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After being involved in a research project for two years studying these little gems, I have to say that these Wood White butterflies have to be one of my favourite insects. Very similar to the Green-veined White (in my post yesterday) but the top wing is a lot more rounded in the Wood White compared to the quite angled edge to the other ‘white’ butterflies.
Wood White, Leptidea sinapis, Herefordshire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Image 009 is of a Crocus flower. I can’t wait to start photographing these again. They start to peek out of the soil at next month along with the Snowdrops. A sure sign spring is on its way!
Crocus, Crocus longiflorus, Herefordshire, March 2010.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens.
I’ve always had difficulty with photographing bees but spending any time with any subject will always pay dividends. Sitting next to a Hebe bush for two hours in the neighbours garden photographing the comings and goings of all the insects was amazing. The amount of insects that were present was varied from really small aphid type species, to hoverflies and to the huge bumblebees. I created around 600 images of the various species and was very pleased with some of the results. I’m still going through them, but here are two that have already been processed. The top one is of a Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the second is a honeybee. Finding out the species of these bees was a learning curve as didnt realise that there were around 250 species of bee in the UK!! I must read more on these especially as they are in decline and some are even threatened with extinction. I found out about these species on the Bumbleebee Conservation Trust website which can be found here: http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/
The next two images were all taken from a local private site that I have access to. Its an amazing site, with a rich flora and fauna. I wanted to get some attractive images for cards and calendars so concentrated on this. The ladybird on a young orchid spike, and the Common Blue butterfly on an ear of grass I thought were particularly suitable.
Spending all afternoon till sunset at this site enabled me to get images of the local rookery coming into roost. Although the number of birds at this roost are quite low, it still made for some nice images. A perfect end to the day.
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