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 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.
A few pix of Bee Orchid, Common Blue Butterflies mating, Pyramid Orchid, Leopard Orchid, Orange Pimpernel and other Wild Flowers, Small Heath Butterfly, Snail and Ladybirds and Shield Bugs. Plus Mullein Moth Caterpillar and the Mullein Plant.
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.