bees and one butterfly

pastime (noun) –  an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby. I don’t have many pastimes. Mainly gardening and photography take up my time now that I am retired. So flower photography is pretty much a given. What I do like to do at this time of year is try…

Six on Saturday | Flutterbies

Thought I’d finish this month with some of the butterfly photos I have managed to find. Some in my garden, some from Trebah and some from Trelissick gardens, another lovely place on the Fal estuary for a walk at any time of the year. I haven’t been doing a lot in my garden these last…

Six on Saturday | The Nectar Bar

Flowers rich in nectar attract butterflies to the garden. They love sun and a sheltered spot and tubular flowers to get their long feeding tongues into. Here are six butterfly friendly flowers I have growing in my garden. Field Scabious  (Knautia arvensis) is a tall, hairy, grassland perennial with a flower like head of blue-violet…

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image to enlarge) Looking down is this very hairy-faced Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) butterfly. This is one of our most widespread butterflies, occurring throughout the British Isles, but sadly suffering from decline especially in the south. One reason is the increasing presence of a particular parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, due to global warming –…

in my garden | butterflies

“You ask what is the use of butterflies. I reply, to adorn the world and delight the eyes of men: to brighten the countryside like so many golden jewels” 17th Century  naturalist – John Ray (please click on an image for a larger view) To identify small white and large white you will need to…

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image to enlarge) The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and once called Red Admirable,  is always attracted to the Hemp Agrimony which grows in my garden. They perch on the top drinking the nectar for hours. Seriously.  I often wonder if it has a soporific effect on them. Unlike the White butterflies,…

in my garden | mr grumpy

I’m not sure what kind he is (possibly a Ringlet?) as he wouldn’t open his wings for me, just sat there on the honeysuckle leaf looking grumpy. I had my macro lens with me as I was photographing bees, or trying to, and he was just that little bit too high up for me to…

in my garden

Not as sharp as I would like, (pesky butterflies refuse to stay still for long enough), but I hope you will agree with me that on enlarging this image it is a fascinating portrait. Just look at the size of that tongue (proboscis)! Not to mention the eye. and perching beautifully on my Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) (The…