Thursday, 28 July 2011

Childhood Moment

Warm sunshine, purple buddleia flowers, and colourful butterflies.
Monday afternoon, as I ate my lunch, I was surrounded by Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies, all feasting on nectar rich buddleia. It was a sight that transported me back to the garden of the house where I lived when a young child. We had a shed at the end of the garden which was converted into a play house for me, and in my memory, atleast one side of this was almost totally enclosed by a huge buddleia bush. This was always covered in butterflies, creatures I found endlessly fascinating as they pottered around on the flowers and fluttered about above my head. These days they are more at eye level and I couldn't resist taking a few photos.

Monday 25th July

Monday Morning dawned bright and sunny. Shimmering beads of dew edged every grass stem and coated every flower petal. Having decided to make the most of a free day, I was at Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve by 7.30am! A few butterflies and insects, were already gently waking up, flitting between the jewel encrusted poppies and diamond daisies; Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, intricate Hoverflies and 'little brown moths'. The bright yellow Ragwort flowers were adorned with Black and Yellow striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth, like multiple miniature football scarves, whilst regiments of orange soldier beetles paraded along the stems of many of the flowers and grasses.

Mid-day warmth and glorious sunshine and the air was alive with the buzzing and zipping and zinging of flies, grasshoppers, crickets, bees, and uncountable other bugs, all intent on feeding, fighting and breeding! Undeniably the king of them all had to be the Dragonflies. Darting and hawking back and forth on strong whirring wings, their keen eyes pick up any movement that might mean food, a mate or a rival! Ruddy Darters, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Four-spotted Chasers and Emperor dragonflies were all seen on various areas of the reserve.
Looking closer revealed a pleasant surprise - dainty damselflies flitting between the reeds. Large Red and Azure damselflies were both present but I think my favourite was the fairy-like Emerald damselfly.

July - Flower of the Month


Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bees, Bugs and Beasties!

A collection of photos, taken over the last few weeks, in celebration of the world of things that buzz, fly and creep around!

Monday, 4 July 2011