Coming into Autumn, I have posted a pic of a tree. There are quite a few insects around, I have posted pix of a Bronze Shield Bug, a Grasshopper, a Saw Fly, also few species of Fungi. A Small White Butterfly, a summer male, it only has one dark spot. I have also posted a pic of a Bird of Prey. As those of you who follow me know, I do not have any luck taking pictures of Birds. As usual this pic is only at a distance ( a hundred + yards ). It is possibly a Pale or Honey Buzzard or Goshawk; maybe a Sparrowhawk but looks far too big. I took a couple of pis of it resting on the cliff top. The second pic I enlarged using GIMP. GIMP is a free open source photoshop system. Found on CNET. Anyway, I hope you like my pix.
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!
The Green Veined White Butterfly. Tricky to photograph.
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.
Below is the Wild Flower Ragwort, with a Caterpillar from the Ragwort Moth feeding on it.
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.
The following pix show a failed hatching of the six spot burnet moth ( above ).
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.
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.
Common Blue Butterfly, wings open and closed. Brown Argus Butterfly (actually one of the Blue Butterfly Family). Man Orchid. Marsh Orchid. Bees, Beetles,Insects, Wild Flowers and Galls on Willow. Galls are a parasite; plant, fly, bacteria, fungi, etc, that grow within a plant. These Galls will most likely be a species of Sawfly when they emerge.
All pictures taken with an Olympus 820i compact digital camera. Apologies for some blurring. It was a bit blustery today.