Flight

At the weekend I was having a walk round the village with my daughter and when we reached the village pond there were dragons all around! Lots of Common Darter dragonflies buzzing around, some mating, and also (I think) a Southern Hawker. It was very exciting to be in amongst them and I was lucky enough to get a couple of shots of the Darters in flight! I would have loved to get a shot of the Hawker, but he was much too fast for me!

Here’s one settled on the ground for a better look:

No photos of the Hawker this time sadly, but this is a photo of a Southern Hawker that I managed to capture last year. They’re so pretty!

Last Butterflies

As it is turning autumnal I expect to be seeing fewer and fewer butterflies, so I thought I’d post a few of those I’ve seen recently.

From a couple of weeks ago, this is the one and only shot I’ve had of a Small Copper this year. It’s not great, but as it was the only one I’ve seen, I’m not too fussed by the quality!

Then there was this Comma butterfly, again the only one I’d seen in our garden this year (although I saw another one down in Bristol):

Last weekend, on one of my first ventures out after being ill, I spotted this Red Admiral enjoying the ivy:

And finally one from yesterday! A Small White:

Dandelion Central

A couple of weeks ago I was taking photos in the garden and my eye was caught by a hoverfly on a dandelion flower, so I started watching it and taking some photos. I was surprised to find that there was another occupant of the flower – a spider – lurking underneath. The spider had a web from the flower to nearby objects and at one point the hoverfly got caught in it on the way to the flower, and then escaped. You’d think that would put it off, but it kept coming back even so – that flower must have had delicious nectar! A great strategy from the spider there – finding a very popular flower and carefully setting up nearby. I think the spider was pretty well fed – it was finishing off something in the first couple of shots, and would have had a go at the hoverfly I think if it hadn’t escaped, despite the size difference!