I parked at Morris bridge car park and proceeded down the track onto the mosses, it was quite warm already , but was 10 o'clock already! in the first meadow before the mosses i soon spotted a few orange tips, it was very breezy so had to shoot at iso 640 to give a fast shutter speed to freeze any wind movement! one male dropped down near me and i quickly shot 5 frames at 1/640th f8 before it took off! luckily i managed to get this wonderful back lit shot showing the orange on the wings that only the males have.
walking down one of the tracks i always stop to look at this derelict old car, must have been there for 40 odd years!
and near to this in a small ditch, a Raft spider Dolomedes sp , the largest uk species of spider, this was only a medium sized one, 2 inch leg span
Taking the path onto the mosses i found the first large red damselflies sheltering from the strengthening wind! a real pain when shooting macro.
i didn't manage to get a perched shot but did get one on my finger :) 5 frames focus stacked shot using canon mpe-65 macro lens.
I did chase a few more orange tips and speckled woods which were numerous but failed to get a single usable image! but did find a pair of flies :))
Onto the mosses now hoping to see the first Green Hairstreaks of the year, but no sign of them in the two normal areas for them. here is a shot of the mosses with cotton grass.
I now decided to make my way over to the canal, where usually loads of subjects can be seen all along the towpath. just before the canal i spotted a Holly blue, very rarely do i see them!
Along the tow path , the dandelion flowers attract loads of insects:)
I soon came to a newly constructed wooden platform , presumably for bird watchers. i noticed something Green flash past me, YAY 1st green hairstreak of the year. there turned out to be loads in a small area on the left of this platform. a couple of people came over to watch me shoot and where amazed at what i was doing lol
and after shooting a few of them a shield bug shot.
Continuing down the towpath i heard one of the people calling me, they had found a Holly blue, i rushed back to see it and shot a portrait at high magnification with mpe-65 lens.
Continuing down the canal towards the far end where there are usually plenty of Brimstone's and orange tips feeding on the dandelion heads:)
Male Orange tip and a closer view of a perched female, note no orange!
Finally managed a Brimstone shot , not great but the first of the year:)
Back to the wooden platform!
a lizard resting! lol
and a fly, possible marchfly species , not 100% on that though!
And nearby a Green Veined White feeding!
Walking back to the car , a view down the canal
and finally a spider moulting its skin !
The end of a superb day, in all i had spotted over 24 green Hairstreaks , and numerous other butterflies with a total of over 90 for the day!! Amazing!!!!!
The bug season has now started :))))
images taken with canon 5d2, 100mmL &MPE-65 macro lens