Sea daffodils waiting for their hawk moths.
The Sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) is a Mediterranean plant which also extends out along the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain and France. They typically grow on sandy soils such as … Continue Reading Sea daffodils waiting for their hawk moths
A beautiful damsel in a lovely spot!.
The Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo meridionalis) is a European damselfy which likes small, fast flowing streams and rivers. The female has a metallic greenish-bronze body and brown or russet coloured wings. … Continue Reading A beautiful damsel in a lovely spot!
The little things we take for granted, but on which we rely for food and oxygen!
Sea Holly is a common component of beach-dune ecosystems in Europe. I love the subtle colour combination of spiky green leaves and the lilac-blue flowers. This plant says to me: … Continue Reading Sea Holly
Flower of God.
I came across this lovely flower on a grassy promontory on the eastern side of a beach (Playa de Esteiro) in Galicia, NW Spain. It is a site above some cliffs, with … Continue Reading Flower of God
An antlion ate my ice cream!.
Well not really, but it’s a catchy title! Antlions live in sandy places like beaches, and eat ants and other insects which have the misfortune to slip and fall into … Continue Reading An antlion ate my ice cream!
The blue-winged grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens) is not found in the UK, as far as I know, but has a wide distribution in Europe and Asia. It is a cryptic species, … Continue Reading Variable grasshopper
I like to try to capture insects in flight – but it is not always easy! These two photographs are not great (I am not sure if the shutter speed … Continue Reading Flap happy!
This strange butterfly is a member of the family Lycaenidae; one usually associated with blues, coppers and hairstreaks. There are however, a group of butterflies in the subfamily Miletinae which … Continue Reading A jaggedy edged butterfly
Birds in a bog!.
Any regular readers of this blog – if there are any – may recognise this scene, which is based on a photograph used in one of my previous blogs (Natural … Continue Reading Birds in a bog!
Paris Peacock butterfly scales.