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Nature without words (Woodcock Butterfly) a moment in the sun

macro photography
Woodcock Butterfly
Nigel Borrington


Feeding from the Dandelion, Image Gallery

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Feeding from the Dandelion, County Kilkenny
Wildlife and Nature photography : Nigel Borrington

A few days ago while out walking , I took a rest and sat-down for a while in the corner of a field.

I noticed these Dandelions and that they were providing a feast for all kinds of insects, so I took lots of images a few of which I post here.

I love this time of year as life is everywhere, so why not just take a moment or two and take a look at all that surround you.

Gallery

Feeding on the Dandelion 6

Feeding on the Dandelion 5

Feeding on the Dandelion 2

Feeding on the Dandelion 3

Feeding on the Dandelion 4


Peacock butterfly in the Irish woodlands

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Peacock butterfly in the Irish woodlands
Irish wildlife and nature photography : Nigel Borrington

Irish wood lands

One sight I love to see in the summertime is the Peacock butterfly as I walk through the local county kilkenny woodlands, They add so much life and colour to the green of the hedgerows and paths.

Unlike some wildlife they are not hard to find or take pictures of, you do need to move very slowly in order not to disturbed them and you need a camera with a macro lens.

The butterfly conservation website has the following details.

Scientific name: Aglais io

Red wings with black markings and distinctive eyespots on tips of fore and hind wings.

The Peacock’s spectacular pattern of eyespots, evolved to startle or confuse predators, make it one of the most easily recognized and best known species. It is from these wing markings that the butterfly gained its common name. Undersides of the wings are very dark and look like dead leaves. A fairly large butterfly and a strong flyer.

Although a familiar visitor to garden buddleias in late summer, the Peacock’s strong flight and nomadic instincts lead it to range widely through the countryside, often finding its preferred habitats in the shelter of woodland clearings, rides, and edges.

The species is widespread and has continued to expand its range in northern parts of Britain and Ireland.
Size and Family

Family – Nymphalids
Medium/Large Sized
Wing Span Range (male to female) – 63-69mm

Conservation status

UK BAP status: Not listed
Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
European status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), although eggs and larvae are occasionally reported on Small Nettle (U. urens) and Hop (Humulus lupulus)
Distribution

Countries – England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
Throughout Britain and Ireland
Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = +17%

Habitat

Common and found in a range of habitats.