Friday, March 31, 2006

Of Blackthorn and Sallow

If you want insects at this time of year look for these two dominant flowering trees. Its been really sunny for the past couple of days but the strong wind means its hard to observe insects. If you can find a sheltered spot with Salllow and/or Blackthorn it can be great. The sunny leeward side of Jones' Covert was buzzing with Bumblebees this morning and these shots were taken at The Boardwalks LNR at lunchtime.

Small Tortoiseshell and Hoverflies (E. tenax) were also nectaring on these trees, which are used by moths at night.

Really starting to get the hang of the P4 now. This was a very pleasing set of photos; the second Peacock was digiscoped very successfully. Higher resolution versions can be viewed by clicking these pics.

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Peacock (Inachis io)


Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Sallow (Salix caprea)

All taken with Nikon Coolpix P4.
* Digiscoped handheld to 20x eyepiece of Leica APO77

1 comment:

Noli me tangere said...

Brian, I love all your pics!!!!
Have a nice spring!