Monthly Archives: June 2013

Local Ponds

Had a stroll around the local quarry for a couple of hours hoping for some Dragonfly action, was a bit upset when I looked to find no water on the large ponds or where the large ponds should have been, only found one small one with water but no dragons at all, found a Ringlet butterfly which was a little bit of compensation being first of the year and very fresh. Hoverflies were about but due to winds were not stopping for long, so wasn’t able to ID, other action included Yellow Shell Moth along with Common Carpet Moth, no other butterflies only Ringlet.

Birds about were a few Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Kestrel, and Robin.

I have started using flash more now for insect shots, still in the experiment mode but here’s a couple of pictures to look over

Ringlet Butterfly

Ringlet

Hoverfly

Hoverfly

Bullcliffe Colliery NR

A bit of a change due to a couple of hours spare so it was somwhere more local and the camera with macro lens came along too. On our walk thru to the dragonfly pond we picked up several sightings of Small Heath and Dingy Skipper Butterflies on the wing, a Small Yellow Underwing Moth and beetle species especially soldier beetles I did manage a photo session with a Cantharis rustica. Moved on then to the pond where we saw Four Spotted Chasers (3), Red Damselflies, and Azure Damselflies. We also managed to find a Clouded Border Moth

Soldier Beetle [Cantharis rustica]
Soldier Beetle 24/52

Clouded Border Moth

Clouded Border Moth

Four Spotted Chaser

Four Spotted Chaser

Old Moor RSPB

Another day at Old Moor but today was with a fellow Pentaxian on a insect photo day hopefully catching Dragonflies, no large dragons were found only Damselflies Large Red and Azure. Butterflies species included Small Copper, Dingy Skipper and Brimstone

Azure Damselfly

Azure Damselfly Male

Brimstone

Brimstone

Beetle sp?

Beetle ?

Dinky Skipper

Dinky Skipper

Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Male