Lines

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Scowl lines, mainly: today wasn’t an especially enjoyable day. 1. It was cold, dark, and windy – and I don’t remember ordering any of those things. 2. We finally had to accept that the tumble dryer is dying, and buy … Continued

Mini-beast mini-Blipmeet

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Hillyblips and I met at the Wyre Forest Nature Reserve this morning, and chugged along the disused railway bed in bright sunshine, in pursuit of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. This is one of the earliest fritillaries to emerge in the UK, and … Continued

Damsel day

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It would have been Demoiselle day if I’d been quicker off the mark, because demoiselles trump damsels on sheer beauty. But though they’re easier to spot, on account of looking a bit like large, exotic butterflies in flight, they’re also … Continued

Dragon day

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“Teneral” describes the state of the imago (adult stage) of an insect immediately after moulting, during which it’s soft and its colouring is pale and immature. I’ve chosen to feature this close-up view of what I think is a female … Continued

Captain Beaky

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Or, as I’m sure you know her, Rhingia campestris. That sounds rather better than the Common Snout-hoverfly, which is a horrible name, I think – though some sources also call this the Heineken hoverfly (I know not why). That long … Continued

Deutzia

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Having posted butterflies for the past three days I felt that I was on a roll, and got up this morning with a plan to track down another one – but on discovering that it was overcast, windy, and cold, … Continued

Back lit

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This morning R and I went up to Hampton Wood in Warwickshire, hoping to find Banded Demoiselles in the water meadow. It turned out to be too early for them at this site (though photos of them are beginning to … Continued

Hillyblips to the rescue

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Again. I was driving down the road towards the disused railway line where the Grizzled Skippers hang out, when I realised that another car was tucked into the verge at the top of the footpath, where I’d been intending to … Continued

Green Hairstreak

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This morning I made my first visit of the year to the Butterfly Conservation reserve at Prestbury Hill. Because all of my target species are small, I realised that I was going to have to search the sheltered lower slopes … Continued

Xanthogramma citrofasciatum

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Mad dogs and Englishwomen: I walked three miles along a disused railway line today, in searing mid-day heat, in search of a Grizzled Skipper. I found one too, but it was much less impressed with me than I was with … Continued