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Butterflies and botany


Small Heath – Havannah nature reserve.


Peacock – Havannah nature reserve.


Speckled Wood – Havannah nature reserve.


Red Admiral – Holywell.


Scarlet Pimpernel – Holywell.


Harebell – Holywell.


White Melilot – Backworth.

Just a few photographs taken over the last few weeks of summer. I was especially pleased to find the White Melilot growing between Earsdon and Backworth – a new and unusual species for me.

It’s been a while


So here is a very nice Small Skipper. I haven’t seen too many so far this year, although one flew through the garden the other day, which is a first!

There has been some talk  that the weather has made it difficult for butterflies in 2016, which I guess is possibly true, although from my own observations I would say it depends upon the species.

There have been plenty of whites on the wing lately as well as the second generation of Small Tortoiseshells. I have spotted loads of Ringlet butterflies this year too so the conditions must have suited them, whilst there have been far fewer Speckled Wood than in 2014 which seemed to be a bonanza year for all lepidoptera.

Plenty of time left for some nice weather however, so I look forward to many morebutterflies over the coming weeks.

July Butterflies

What with the weather and work and various other obstacles I have not seen so many butterflies of late…still no Skippers this year and I think I have missed the first generation of Wall Brown butterflies that are normally on the wing from late May in this part of the world.


However, Ringlet and Meadow Brown are now out in force, including these two beautiful insects which were at Havannah nature reserve last week.


Roll on some warm sunny weather and there is sure to be plenty more butterflies on the wing…perhaps in time for the Big Butterfly Count which starts this weekend?

Dingy Skippers


Friday lunchtime saw me at Havannah nature reserve in search of Dingy Skipper butterflies and I was not to be disappointed! In the same spot I first saw them last year, there were at least three on the wing or feeding on Bird’s Foot Trefoil.


They are small and very moth-like and with their low, skipping flight are quite unobtrusive but I love the subtle patterns, particularly on the forewing.

Once again, I was struck by just how good the Havannah reserve is for invertebrates and not just butterflies; there were a number of different types of solitary bee foraging close to the butterflies which were unlike any I have ever seen. I will have to get the field guide out and see if I can some photos next time…



With the weather getting a bit warmer again there have been some butterflies back on the wing. This Large White was perched high up in a tree last week but allowed a photo before lifting to dual with another Large White.


And then this beauty was a real surprise today, flying over my shoulder close to home – the first Painted Lady of the year. No excuses made for the slightly out of focus shot…just look at the exquisite patterning on the under wings!

Speckled Wood


There were quite a few butterflies on the wing in the warm weather today, including this new Speckled Wood at St Nicholas Park nature reserve.


I tried to capture some pictures of the Whites that were flying everywhere but they don’t seem to settle for very long in the middle of the day.


It should be time for Orange Tips quite soon so I fingers crossed for some decent weather…