We have been having some brighter days recently and that’s when I’ve seen some Butterflies, the start of the season! There have been quite a few Peacocks and Brimstones about and I’ve also seen a Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and an Orange Tip in very good condition that was trapped in my greenhouse,  so probably just hatched (if that’s the term!) I let him out and hope he survived the colder temperatures.

Peacock
Peacock
Comma Butterfly
Comma Butterfly
Comma Butterfly
Comma Butterfly

I spent a little while down the lane close to home on Saturday 3rd April seeing what was about and there was plenty to look at. Many Bee flies, apparently it’s a good year for them what a strange looking insect!

Dotted Bee Fly, Bombylius major
Bee Fly, Bombylius discolor

Many different Hoverflies which I find difficult to individually name the species that is!

Tapered Dronefly, Eristalis pertinax
Tapered Dronefly, Eristalis pertinax
Tapered Dronefly, Eristalis pertinax
Tapered Dronefly, Eristalis pertinax
Hoverfly Syrphus sp
Hoverfly Syrphus sp

It takes a while to get your eye in concentrating on the side and underneath of the hedgerow but patience is rewarded, I saw these two spiders staying very still. I’d like to get closer to look at their eyes as they have eight and I would love to attempt a macro image of them.

Nursery Web Spider
Nursery Web Spider
Nursery Web Spider
Nursery Web Spider

I spent a pleasant hour just wandering and now looking forward to the warmer spring days and more fun bug hunting!

Yellow Dung fly
Yellow Dung fly
Yellow Dung fly and prey
Yellow Dung fly and prey

Since seeing these on 3rd April the weather has changed to freezing temperatures at night and very chilly days and the Butterflies and many insects have disappeared again, waiting for better weather.

2 thoughts on “Butterflies & Insects

  1. Lovely photos. Your beefly isn’t B. major as labelled but the much scarcer B. discolor, the so-called Dotted Beefly (note the spotty wings rather than the dark leading edge of B. major). I’m quite envious as I haven’t seen B. discolor, though many B. major. I’ve seen a few photos of the scarcer species on Facebook this past week, so maybe having a productive season.

    For the hoverflies, the 2 images below the beefly are the Tapered Dronefly, Eristalis pertinax & the bottom a Syrphus sp.

    Could do with some more sunshine &warmth to see a few more insects at the moment.

  2. As always appreciate your feedback. I’m pleased about the Bee fly there certainly has been a few up our lane when the weather was a little warmer than it is at the moment! Looking forward to the warmer weather and more insect hunting.

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