|Blood Vein Moth|
|Southern Marsh Orchid|
The following weekend was spent chasing butterflies again and on Saturday the 6th I was back in the Glapthorn area with my mate Sam. We managed to see a Cinnabar and Small Emerald Moth along with my first of the year Marbled White, 6 Spot Burnets, and Small and Large Skippers at Polebrook. We also saw a very tatty looking Black Hairstreak at Glapthorn itself. Also at the entrance to Fermyn Woods were greeted by an Emperor Moth Caterpillar.
|Small Emerald Moth|
|Emperor Moth Caterpillar|
|6 Spot Burnet Moth|
The Burnets were particularly interesting as they could be seen emerging from their paper like cacoons on the tall grasses. They were literally everywhere at the north end of the meadow.
|Burnet Moth emerging from cacoon|
A few Common Blue and Speckled Wood were also present and lots of Ringlets could be seen along the hedgerows and also numerous Common Spotted Orchids dotted around the whole reserve.
|Common Spotted Orchid|
The Monday after was the dreaded MOT day for the car. I consoled myself though by having a walk along the nearby river Nene with the camera while it was being done. It was a stunning still summers evening with what seemed like a huge Banded Demoiselle emergence. They seemed to be everywhere and on almost every reed but trying to get close to them was proving a little testing. As with all these types of insect their eyesight is incredible and they rarely allow you to get too close but after a little perseverance I managed a couple of decent shots.
|Mayfly in dark winged phase|
This is the stage the insect is in when it first emerges from it's larval form from under the water after which they fly up and hide under a leaf while they go through their second moult. Then they emerge into their fully adult stage which is photographed below. I absolutely love this pic, perhaps not the best exposure wise but I really like the fact that it's looking at me showing a little interaction between me and this fascinating little insect as I took it's picture.
|Mayfly in seconday stage|
I shall leave this post here. I have a small thrill of excitement running though me though as this weekend is looking good for the Purple Emperor butterfly emergence at Fermyn Woods. They are on the wing in other parts of the country and the weather over the next few days looks very favorable indeed. I intend to spend at least a couple of days there to get some pics so fingers crossed the next post you read on this humble diary will feature photos of "His Imperial Majesty" in all his splendor.