We puny humans still have the old monkey brain fear of the dark thing going on, which is a shame as I am constantly astounded by the beauty of what’s out there in the dark – such as this magnificent Willow Beauty. It’s enough to make you want to join the dark side. (Although his buddy the demon-eyed lacewing is a bit scary … especially if you’re an aphid).
Broad-leaved Helleborine, Epipactis helleborine. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f22 1/250 ISO 100
Broad-leaved Helleborine, bringing my season’s orchid count to thirteen:
2015 List (as of 25.07.15)
Early Purple Orchid
Green Winged Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Greater Butterfly Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid
Heath Spotted Orchid
It’s enough to turn a chap’s head – although based on the shape of the abdomen, I think this Lady is a bloke?
Interesting Painted Lady fact: This is the only butterfly species ever to have been recorded in Iceland.
I like weevils, but there are so many green ones they are virtually impossible to identify for a mere mortal like me. Unless you catch them munching on their food plant. This is a Nettle Weevil.
Phew, lets take a break from the excitement of Dragonfly Week by staring at this pretty bunch of flowers.
The observant may notice I snuck a soldier beetle in there. Sorry the white balance if a bit off, this is a compact camera jpeg taken in near darkness so not as much room for processing as with a RAW file.
Out early in the morning after the heavy rain and there was a very different feeling. Quite cool and a brown hare which had spent the night sheltering in the wood went crashing away. Lots of fungi have already started to appear, such as these Sulphur Tufts (Hypholoma fasciculare). The second half of the year has begun. Only 151 photography days until Christmas.
OK, strictly speaking it’s a damselfly not a dragonfly (wings folded rather than stretched out when perched), but it’s an interesting one, and the rarest species I’ve posted this week.
Hope you enjoyed Dragonfly Week, feedback welcome.
Nearly there now folks, only one more day to go. Marvel at this magnificent beast – older than the dinosaurs and outlived them in style.