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Spot the Butterflies Competiton Result


If you want to try to find these three butterflies, do not scroll down to the answer. Go to the post two weeks ago and… have a go!

 

 

 

The pic below shows the positions of the butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England, on a really rainy day


Due to the inclement weather, boy did it chuck it down….., I only have a few pix to post today. Two are of Water Mint and one of a Gatekeeper Butterfly. When I took this photo I didn’t know behind the Butterfly was what I think is a Weevil.

Lastly, Molluscs are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but I have posted a picture of a Slug.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


I have posted pix today of a pregnant Slow Worm, Long Tailed Tits and a Brimstone Butterfly, I couldn’t get the picture of a Clouded Yellow Butterfly I saw, It was flying too fast for me. But I will try to get it next week.

 

I don’t like taking pix of wildlife not in their natural surroundings, but I can’t get very good pix of birds in the wild and the compost heap I found this slow worm on was too good to miss.

I saw something today I did not realise happened. I saw a Peacock Butterfly poop in the same way Birds do, and with the same force. It never occured to me that Butterflies do this. It looked like a birds, too. 

Finally, a ‘Count how many’ Competition. How many Ants in the pic? It may help to count the legs and divide by six, or count the antennae and divide by two….Have fun!

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Spot the Butterfly Competition


A long time since I took bad photos…… But this is from a bit of a distance. See if you can spot the Small Tortoiseshell, the Peacock and the Red Admiral Butterflies in the last picture. I will post a pic of each one, so you know what to look for. Its not too difficult! Answer in two weeks time.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve on a drizzly day, Kent, England


 

 

 

It was quite windy but warm here in Kent today. With a smattering of very light rain. Below are pictures of a few moths and butterflies, insects and plants. The first picture is not very good, but I am curious if anyone knows why ants would climb up this flower? It is called Ragwort, poisonous to horses and cattle. You will often see this being dug up and removed from farmers fields where they keep livestock. But, the Ragowrt Moth uses it to feed its young, so we can’t remove it from nature completely. I took pix of the caterpillars too. There are also a couple of pix of the Common Blue Butterfly. I had hoped it was a Silver Studded Blue, but the black line surrounding the wings above and under are not thick enough. Never mind, but just look at the state of it from above. It has been through a lot in its short life!Image

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The Green Veined White Butterfly. Tricky to photograph.

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I posted this plant, the Mullein Plant, being mullered by the Caterpillar of the Mullein Moth a few weeks ago. It survived and is now flowering.

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Below is the Wild Flower Ragwort, with a Caterpillar from the Ragwort Moth feeding on it.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Below I have posted pix of an assortment of Butterflies, Bees, Moths and Insects. But mainly this is about the Six Spot Burnet Moth. Below are images of them mating, feeding, sadly dying in the middle of hatching and waiting to  hatch.

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The following pix show a failed hatching of the six spot burnet moth ( above ). 

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The pic below shows two chrysalis of the six spot burnet moth yet to hatch on Agrimony. The failed one above was on giant knapweed, not that this was the problem.Image

 

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The pic below shows a pair of mating six spot burnet moths, while in the foreground you can see the failed hatching of another one.Image

 

Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Below are pix of two Butterflies and some Wild Flowers, including a Lizard Orchid. The Butterflies are the Marbled White and the Gatekeeper. Both were difficult to take pix of. I use an Olympus 820i compact digital camera. The zoom is limited so these are taken on ‘super close up’. Sometimes I can slowly manouver myself to within a finger length to take a pic. Not with these two unfortunately. But at least I managed to get the pic! The Wild Flowers are Eye Bright, St. John’s Wort, Yellow Wort, Lizard Orchid ( finally flowering ) and some unknowns.

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