Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bedstraw Hawkmoth

Perhaps this is not the rarest of moths but it's not exactly common and when I had one in the garden moth trap 9 years ago it caused enough interest for a couple of people to come and take a look.

So it was a bit of a surprise when this was spotted on the roof of a tent at a big family camping do at Salhouse on the Norfolk Broads.

Bedstraw Hawkmoth Hyles gallii
Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chacombe Damsels

This year wildlife has taken a bit more of a back seat as we've been enjoying a series of brilliant music festivals. And it's on a very hot walk from our campsite to the Chacombebury Festival near Banbury that we came across these. There were also more Marbled White butterflies in the fields here than I've ever seen before but they were very active and I didn't get any suitable photos.

The way these pairs of White-legged Damsels sit while laying eggs is very distinctive.

White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Canon Powershot SX50 HS