Whilst photographing this striking butterfly – The Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus himavantus) in Thailand – I noticed that it was moving the tails at the end of its wings. The … Continue Reading Pushmi-pullyu butterfly
If skippers were dogs, I think they would be pugs! Skippers are stocky little butterflies with hooked antennae, large eyes and a rapid, bobbing or darting flight. There are about 3,500 … Continue Reading Skippers
The Common Earl (Tanaecia julii), as the name suggests, is a relatively common butterfly with a wide distribution, including India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, China, West Malaysia and Sumatra. It is … Continue Reading The Common Earl, a butterfly with green eyes!
Wear and tear!.
We all start off bright and shiny! Our new scales glittering in the sunshine, bedazzling and bewitching all onlookers. But life gradually takes its toll; our scales fall off, bits … Continue Reading Wear and tear!
The Dusky Diadem [Ethope himachala (Moore, 1857)] is a fairly common species in upland regions of northeastern India, for example in provinces such as Arunachul Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland (1). … Continue Reading Old blue eyes!
Speckled Wood butterflies, Pararge aegeria, come in a variety of shapes and colours. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this species, is that it varies along a huge gradient (called … Continue Reading Speckled, but inclined to vary!
An elegant model and a natural mimic (with appalling manners!).
Butterflies in the genus Acraea – such as the Acraea Elegant, Acraea egina, feed selectively on plants with cyanoglycosides (poisons!) belonging to plant families such as the Passifloraceae (the Passion Flower family). … Continue Reading An elegant model and a natural mimic (with appalling manners!)
In my experience, the Marsh Fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia, is relatively common in Galicia (NW Spain) – where I took these photographs – but is considered to be threatened in the … Continue Reading Marsh Fritillary – doing well in Galicia
The hills and mountains of of Galicia in north-west Spain are covered in heather and gorse which flower from late summer into autumn. The heather and gorse are alive with … Continue Reading Blues on the heath!
The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a very distinctive butterfly with an interesting history in the UK. It was very common and widespread in the early nineteenth century, but then its range … Continue Reading A comma, not a full stop!
I chased this butterfly for quite a while before it settled down on a leaf and let me take a photograph! I did not know what it was at the … Continue Reading An endemic egg-fly from Sulawesi
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
Paris Peacock butterfly scales.