Starting off with my first ever trip to Arnside knott in cumbria on 20/6/11 my first ever sighting of a dark green fritillary :)
a magnificent species! i then shot my first Northern brown Argus ,a tiny butterfly! lol
Next on the species list to be found on this incredible day was the Grayling , i have seen them plenty of times but never managed a shot. they where all over the steep shale slopes basking in the sun! lol
Another new species - the Small pearl bordered fritillary was next on this eventful day :)
I then travelled up to the lakes and into Borrowdale searching for dragonflies, and shot this beautiful Dark green fritillary!
The following weekend i was back at Arnside to hopefully see the High brown fritillary.
here is a newly emerged specimen!
and as a comparison a Dark green fritillary
and a Small pearl bordered fritillary
What a wonderful place to visit on a summers day!!!
The next weekend trip was July 3rd , the Warwickshire butterfly conservation Trip to Oversley wood to hopefully see the elusive Purple Emperors !
I got there early after a 2 hour drive! and after just 10 minutes i saw my first ever White admiral, then my first Marbled white and small skipper ! Amazing!
They are stunning!
and a small skipper/marbled shot :)
I then met up with the group on the hunt for the Emperors, very soon afterwards we found Silver washed fritillarys
This is when Gill arrived, late as usual ! just in time to shoot
a newly emerged Purple hairstreak ! a very rare sight
The Purple Emperors did not show themselves, so all the group split up and went separate ways around the forest!
almost immediately i found one on the path in front of me! Wow! it flew around a bit then landed so i could get the shots i wanted!
After this amazing morning, i spent the whole afternoon with Gill watching Purple Emperors flying around the tree tops in the congregation area pines ! which may seem strange, but was actually one of my best memories of 2011!
and watching newly emerged Red Admirals in the woods!
what an super end to a simply fantastic day!
all images taken with canon 5d2, 100mm L macro lens.