Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars 2013/14
Mar 14, 2013Public
Photo: Lime Hawkmoth (Mimas tiliae) caterpillar
I was lucky that this larva dropped out of the tree and that my husband noticed it on the ground, so that I could have a photo shoot with it. Then I placed it back at the base of the tree and this is a pic of it climbing back up to get to the juicy foliage. This was earlier in September and it's probably now come back down and pupated in the ground somewhere. One day I hope to see an adult moth as they are beauties!

For +MacroAddict curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and +Christian PR and +Den Bassi and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +Mia Morvan  #macroaddict 
and +Everything Green curated by +andi rivarola #everythinggreen  
Photo: Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
This is the 2nd Skipper I've seen recently, both of which were lifers! Already seen 3 new species of butterfly this year. :-)
Haven't been around on G+ because I've been enjoying good weather and getting out doing some birding, bugging and butterflying so have hundreds of photos to sort through, plus trying to keep up with my gardening jobs! Will catch up with you all later. :-)

For #macromonday  although it doesn't fit with this week's mini theme, sorry! +Jeff Moreau +Sandra Parlow 
and for +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 
and for the new theme #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) created by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron
and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray
and ++In Praise of Polllinators which strictly speaking it is not but I thought that +Dusty Gedge might be interested. :-)   #inpraiseofpollinators  
Photo: Green-veined White (Pieris napi)
I found this butterfly at the edge of my little woodland and got quite close to it without it flying away. On a whim I put out my finger next to the grass it was perching on and lo and behold it climbed onto my finger! Now I didn't have a camera with me then (sod's law) so put the butterfly back on a leaf and went all the way back to the house to get it, not for one moment expecting it would still be there when I got back.

Well it was, and it happily came up on my finger again for a photo shoot! At first I thought it may have been freshly eclosed and not able to fly properly, but on closer inspection of some of my photos, it had quite a few nicks out of its wings, so unlikely it was freshly eclosed, so I don't know the reason for it being so docile. But I enjoyed the moment. :-)

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 
and #buggyfriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh
and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron
Photo: Day 2 of the #fivedayquest . 
A day in my life always does involve flowers and butterflies. :-)
This is a Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) which conveniently posed on an unknown Weigela right near where I was standing this morning.

Tagging the two guys who originally tagged me +Nick Schierloh and +Roque López.

Today I choose +Sharon Jeannette who doesn't seem to be playing this game yet, unless she doesn't want to, which is OK. But she is our butterfly lady so it seems fitting to tag her. :-)

The rules of the game are to post a photo a day for 5 days about your daily life. Tag the person who tagged you each time and every day you choose and tag a new person to start playing.
Photo: Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

A lifer butterfly which I saw yesterday! :-)

(Lifer means a new species seen for the first time)

#butterflies   #skippers 
for #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron
and for +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies  
Photo: Clouded Yellow butterfly (Colias croceus)
Just checked back and it is a whole three months since I shared a picture of this butterfly! Last year was an amazing year for this migratory butterfly and they were some of the last that I saw in the late autumn. Looking forward to spring and butterflies again!

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette #onthewingsofbutterflies 
and for #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray 
+Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau
Photo: Exotic Butterfly at Butterfly Park in Empuriabrava, Catalonia, Spain
I have just seen a Red Admiral butterfly in my garden, it's sunny but only 7C so it came as quite a shock! So it seems only fitting to post a butterfly today. I have no idea what species this is. Anyone know?
Edit: It's a Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) ID thanks to +Dorothy Pugh 

For #buggyfriday   +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Victoria Etna 
and +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies
and #hqspmacro   +HQSP Macro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy, +Sandra Deichmann  +Suzi Harr and +Chandro Ji

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And again. AND AGAIN!!!
Photo: Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus alceae)
This is from August and I saw this skipper whilst wandering around wild parts of my hamlet where there were tons of wildflowers growing undisturbed. It's the only one I saw this year. As the name suggests, the larvae feed on various mallows.

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 

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Photo: Comma on Ivy flowers
Photo: Dew covered possibly Small White butterfly
I spotted this butterfly seemingly frozen in place early one morning but it was not cold and frosty, just dewy. It didn't budge when I touched it and I thought maybe it was dead. When finally the sun came round by midday and got to these flowers, a little while later it was no longer there. I searched the ground for a dead butterfly but can only imagine (and hope!) that it came out of its dew covered trance/coma/whatever and flew off!

Sadly I only had my point and shoot camera available as I have never seen a butterfly covered in dew before, and would have loved to have got in closer with my macro lens, but this was just before my housesitters were arriving and my other cameras were either packed or put away in a cupboard.

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 
#macro4all  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
Photo: Hey, I was trying to take a photo of the Cosmos flower!
I'm now getting photobombed by butterflies and I think this is a Large White (Pieris brassicae) (which rather completes my series of caterpillar, chrysalis and now adult), but sometimes they are hard to tell apart from the Small White, when you no longer have size reference, because as their names imply, one is larger than the other! Anyhow it just landed on the Cosmos and I had an extension tube on my macro lens, and I don't normally go butterfly hunting with that combination!

This will be my last post for a while as I'm off to Blighty - I may pop in, especially if it's raining, but don't expect much coherence from me using hubby's laptop with a French keyboard! Take care, everyone and see you again properly when I am back!
Photo: Chrysalises of Large White (Pieris brassicae) Butterfly
Having recently shared the caterpillar of this species here:
I thought I'd share these two chrysalises which I found.

What's remarkable about this common species is not that I found the chrysalises, but where I found them. The yellowy one on the left is on the metal sliding door of our metal barn/hangar, and the day I took this shot the metal was so hot I couldn't touch it! It will be interesting to see if the butterfly actually ecloses because I would have thought its insides would have fried.

The other one I discovered when I was cleaning windows. This one has decided to pupate on a window pane downstairs so I had to clean around it and left it there. :-)

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies  
Photo: Caterpillar of Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae) on a Nasturtium flower
Sharing this for fun for #gardeningwednesday . For those of you in the USA or other parts of the world where we Europeans have exported our Small White to you, who you know as the Cabbage White, think of us, as we have this one to contend with as well! This butterfly lays its eggs in huge clusters so dozens of caterpillars hatch out and can decimate a plant very quickly if not spotted! My nasturtiums which self seed in the veg patch are there to help to control these caterpillars by giving them something that I am happy for them to eat. The idea of this companion planting being that the caterpillars munch on the nasturtiums rather than my brassicas.

However it is not working as these pesky caterpillars are taking a stroll over to my kale and purple sprouting brocolli just for a change in diet! I haven't actually been destroying the caterpillars but just chucking them back onto the nasturtiums! This year there are far more than normal (the nasturtiums are absolutely teeming with these cats), but that's probably due to it being a good butterfly year.

For +GardeningWednesday curated by +Juliane Clausen +Jan Aynes and +Grant Meyer 
and +Photo Journal Worldwide curated by +andi rivarola  #photojournalworldwide  
Photo: Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus) butterfly
This is one of my favourite butterflies to try to shoot because of its green eyes and punky orange mohican hair do! I hadn't realised that these are migratory butterflies as I normally only see a few in the late summer. This year however they have been around for months and there are still lots of them in my garden.  Here it is drinking from Verbena bonariensis, the plant that attracts all the butterflies to my garden (and hoverflies, and crab spiders...) :-)


For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 
#macro4all   by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
#closetohome  +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel 
+YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli  #yisforyellow  
Photo: A male Long-tailed Blue butterfly (Lampides boeticus)
I'm so on a roll with butterflies - this is the 2nd brand new species of butterfly that I have found in my garden this week! This tiny butterfly is a 'blue' and can be a pest of pea crops. It's widespread in the world and in Europe lives around more southerly places, but is migratory, so I guess it's found it's way up here to NW France that way.

It is very rarely seen in the UK, although many sightings have been due to the larvae being imported in commercially sold mange tout (sugar snap peas)!

Oh and this is one butterfly where a gravel bokeh is not ideal, but beggars can't be choosers!

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 
+Buggy Friday curated by +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh and +Victoria Etna  #buggyfriday 
+Daily Depth Of Field curated by +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah and +f.a. fiebig  #dailydepthoffield 
#europeanphotography  +European Photo 
+Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter +Ela Kupiec  +Carlos Duarte
Photo: Sooty Copper (Lycaena tityrus), female.
A test post, posted direct from an album. I also wanted to see how a collaged in Picasa photo would appear here!
Photo: Freshly Eclosed Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Yes I know it's yet another one of my babies but +Macro Monday's mini theme this week is NEW. You can't get much newer than a butterfly which has just eclosed. Oh OK, it was about 3 hours old and I had just taken it out into the garden. :-)

For #macromonday curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Jake Easley and +Jennifer Eden
#macro4all by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy, +Sandra Deichmann  +Suzi Harr and +dietmar rogacki
Photo: Yummy Buggy Lunch
Sharing this with +Buggy Lunch as I know it is a first for this theme.... however can you guess what this pretty little Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) butterfly is feeding on? I'll give you a clue - it's down by the edge of my pond where the water is receding and mud on the edges is exposed attracting flies. The mud is behind the butterfly but it is feeding on a splat of something yummy. Even a little #sexyfly has come along to see what's so tasty.

I'll be back tomorrow morning to see if anyone has guessed right. :-)

For +Buggy Lunch curated by +Kim Sinclair and me
and for +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette #onthewingsofbutterflies 
++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge because he might find this interesting although it is not doing any pollinating here! #inpraiseofpollinators 
and for #buggyfriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Victoria Etna
Photo: Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
This is a large butterfly that I have only started seeing recently in my garden so is a lifer and first for my garden this year. The caterpillars feed on Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana) which I don't think I have growing in my woodland but there must be some somewhere in the vicinity!

Interestingly, the female does not lay her egg on the actual host plant but in a chink in tree bark very close to the source of the food supply. The caterpillar hatches,  but then hibernates in a crevice in the tree bark until the following spring, when it will drop to the ground and then start to feed on the host plant.

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette #onthewingsofbutterflies 
+Photo Journal Worldwide curated by +andi rivarola #photojournalworldwide 
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Valesa Diamontes, +Delcour Eric and +Sean McLean
Photo: Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria)
This is a beautiful daytime flying moth which appears about this time every year. They are really enjoying my lavender at the moment.

For ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge because we were just discussing them this morning #inpraiseofpollinators 
#buggyfriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Victoria Etna 
+On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette #onthewingsofbutterflies 
#macro4all by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Valesa Diamontes, +Delcour Eric and +Vincent Dale
Photo: This one is for +John Wade for info purposes. John asked yesterday if I could ID a moth, which I couldn't. By sheer coincidence I just happened to notice this tiny thing this afternoon, and managed one quick shot before it flew off. And because I then realised just how tiny it was I looked at Micro Moths in my insect book and there it was. Mine is on marjoram/oregano, John's was on mint, and guess what, this moth is called the Mint Moth  (Pyrausta aurata) and as you can imagine from the name, its larvae feeds on mint and sometimes other plants such as marjoram. :-)

Here is a link to John's picture which is a very good shot (mine is not so please don't say 'great shot' - I am only posting this for info that is all and not publically).
+Sharon Jeannette +Dusty Gedge  you may be interested in the coincidence!!!
Photo: Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Time to play #cutepoker even though this is not a Skipper :-) It's a lifer for me and new species discovered in my garden just in the last week, which I've seen three times now. Here I was surprised to find it feeding on my oregano. Isn't it cute? :-)

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette  #onthewingsofbutterflies 
++In Praise of Polllinators I don't know that butterflies really pollinate very much but +Dusty Gedge is always tagging me, so...... ;-) #inpraiseofpollinators  
Photo: Swallowtail scales (Papilio machaon)
My 3rd Swallowtail eclosed yesterday in the late morning after I'd sat and watched it for several hours in the early morning, because the other two had eclosed before 8am! Missed it again.
This morning I am not letting the last one out of my sight. The chrysalis has changed colour and had a twitch, so I know it is immiment.
I have so many Swallowtail shots now I've gone for something a bit different here!

For #macro4all by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Valesa Diamontes, +Delcour Eric and +Vincent Dale
Photo: Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
This is one of those species that don't hang around feeding for long so when they do I have to inch up on them, taking shots all the time as I creep slowly closer! I got lucky this time and this one didn't fly away like they usually do. :-)
I think this is the female as they have brown markings on the underside of the wings, whilst the males have black markings.

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! curated by +Sharon Jeannette and +Cicely Robin Laing #onthewingsofbutterflies 
#hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Valesa Diamontes, +Delcour Eric and +Vincent Dale