Friday, 2 August 2013

Butterflies

It seems to be a good year for butterflies and bumblebees judging by the number enjoying our garden, especially the wild area.  They love the oregano and thistles at the moment and the echinops is a mass of bees.


Here's a few of my favourite butterfly pics, taken with the macro lens.
Whites, including Large, Small and Green-Veined.






Browns, including Gatekeeper, 





Meadow Brown


Grayling


And Commas,  having a drink from a dish of water with a touch of agave nectar I found in the kitchen cupboard.  They seem to love it!



Finally, a Cinnabar moth caterpillar.  I had been pulling out some ragwort but missed a few bits.  The caterpillars take on the toxins from the plant, which protects them from being eaten, except by cuckoos strangely.  I have seen the black and red moth, but didn't manage to photograph it.


Not sure what the weather's doing today,  it started off rainy, but looks like it might turn hot again!
Hope you have a good weekend
xxx

27 comments:

  1. I was photographing butterfloes and cinnabar moth caterpillars for my blog yesterday - will be posting next week. We have hundreds of peacocks.

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  2. I've been trying to get photos of the butterflies in the garden this wee, not as successfully as you though. I'm hoping to see a swallowtail as they are beautiful and often in the garden but no luck this year yet.

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  3. Love your picture of the wild garden and the shots of the butterflies are gorgeous, so sharp. Fun to have the commas drinking in the bowl.

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  4. Those graylings are all over my lavender hedge at the moment...

    Penny
    x

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  5. Hi, lovely photographs from the butterflies, drinking and sitting. You have a lot of space in the garden, I would have also a wilderness.

    Sigrun

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  6. Wow amazing photos!!! Such variety of butterflies too! :)
    V x

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  7. Beautiful butterfly photos! You have captured some very pretty ones. We have lots and lots of cabbage whites fluttering in our garden at the moment.......they do look so pretty with the flowers, and the bees!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

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  8. Wow they are just fantastic - I love the detail on the antennae - well done! Jane x

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  9. Beautiful photos of the butterflies. Your lovely wild area does look a haven for them. The different thistles tend to take over a bit here, but the butterflies and bees do love them.

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  10. What a wonderful choice of butterflies! I love the brown one taken against the light. I also just love the third from last photo with the butterfly (a Comma?) which looks like an autumn leaf!
    What a good idea to put out water with Agave syrup in it for the little winged creatures that come your way. What a marvellous caterpillar you captured too!

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  11. Fabulous photos Debbie, thank you for sharing them. My garden is a mass of peacock and cabbage white butterflies at the moment.
    Jacquie x

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  12. Such amazing photos, you are so gifted with a camera.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. I've noticed the butterflies and bees too even here in Manchester! Lovely blog, by the way

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  14. I have had more gatekeepers in the garden this year than ever before, they must like weeds.

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  15. Wow those are amazing pictures, I really struggle to take good pictures of the butterflies they move to fast for me!
    Sarah x

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  16. Wonderful photos.. I've noticed an increase in bees and butterflies in our garden this year so our plan to overhaul our garden to be more pollinator friendly is working.. love it.
    Julie x

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  17. Stunning pictures, yes there's lots this year, it's great! :) x

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  18. Great Butterfly photos,there has been a lot about this year,so nice to see.

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  19. That macro lens is surely the way to go to get lovely close ups like these

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  20. Such delicate beauty. Fabulous images :)

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  21. Some amazing macro shots of the tiny beauty we currently have in the gardens. I moaned earlier on in the year that there were no bees or butterflies and now they have descended on me en masse! Have a wonderful week. xx

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  22. Great pictures, and I'm very impressed that you know all of the names of the different butterflies. Have a great week.

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  23. Great shots! I am reminded that I must get an echinops. Bees and butterflies just adore it.

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  24. Lindas, lindas fotos.
    Parabéns pelo blog.
    Um abraço.

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