Like many other wildlife watchers, here in the UK, the mild and dry late winter and early spring weather has prompted the early first flights of various butterfly species. Here are just a few that I have seen fluttering both through my garden and during various walks over the past few weeks.
The Brimstone (Gonepterys rhamni) resting just above the leaf litter.
I have been seeing lots of male Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) in the past few days but they were constantly patrolling their territories and rarely stopped to rest. The females are generally much more secretive but I located one hunting for some nectar from the few Violets blooming in a hedgerow and whilst it was difficult to get an uninterrupted view she did perch just long enough for a couple of quick snaps.
During a recent patch walk I spotted another small winged object fluttering around the vegetation surrounding a small stagnant pool. I gained the impression that it reminded me of a Skipper due to its orange-brown underwing but was obviously a day flying Moth ..... but which one?
It settled briefly on the leaves of reed mace just a few inches above the water but constantly moved its location and I had a devil of a job to relocate it but eventually managed a passable shot.
Thanks to Dean I now know this is a Light Orange Underwing (Archiearis notha) which flies from March to April and favours Aspen in open woodland, of which there is some nearby. FAB.
Such lovely shots!ReplyDelete
Spring has found its way to you. So glad to see all these butterflies out and about. Happy Easter Frank. CarolReplyDelete
Wonderful images Frank.ReplyDelete
Brimstones here in good numbers but I haven't got close to one yet.
They are all different than what we get in Canada Im sure. Gorgeous imagesReplyDelete
Nice series, Frank. I have seen a few butterflies and moths out and about here in Minnesota, but no opportunity for photos just yet. Good to see yours. :-)ReplyDelete
lovely. we have lots of white ones here this year - i've not seen them in this multitude before. will have to research more...ReplyDelete
Lovely photos Frank. The only one I have seen out of all those so far this year is the Peacock. Last year I saw a Brimstone in February. I did photograph my first Small Tort of the year in early March this year though which was quite a surprise! I just hope this cold snap isn't detrimental, it was a bad Summer here for butterflies last year.ReplyDelete
Nice captures! I have such a hard time getting pictures of butterflies.ReplyDelete
Nice collection Frank.ReplyDelete
The Brimstone is striking because of the vivid green color....just like a leaf.ReplyDelete
Beautiful captures. I love butterflies and these are really quite something. Glad you got some help identifying your day-flying moth.ReplyDelete
Can't wait until we start seeing these too.
a nice collection of butterflies, and moth there Frank; I like that first one!ReplyDelete
Very impressive captures there. I too have had a few firsts in the form of Butterfly sightings and UK wide Butterfly Conservation had reported 18 differing species in flight by the start of April.ReplyDelete
Lovely series of shots, Frank. So good to see them back.ReplyDelete
A pleasant Sunday morning read. We're just a few weeks behind you. No butterflies yet...but this gets me inspired.ReplyDelete
Glad to be able to help with the LOU id, Frank.ReplyDelete
Cracking Brimstone shot.
You did a great job capturing all these beauties!ReplyDelete
Haven't seen any flutters since those few really hot days.ReplyDelete
Delighted you enjoyed the early flutter sightings. Regretfully the drop in temperatures over the past few days seems to have sent many of them around here back to sleep!