Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Today is Orange and Green Day:-)

Had a great day out at Martin Down nature reserve, I got my Orange Tip butterfly and the Green Hairstreak butterfly:-)  We took a trip to the reserve in hopes of finding the Duke of Burgundy butterfly, I think it maybe another week or so before we see these.  But we had a great time with the Green Hairstreak butterfly, it is the first time we have seen these.  We then went to the Cranborne garden centre for our tea and cake, and afterwards we went for another walk in the woods in Edmondsham, where the Bluebells are brilliant now and their colour is intense.

My first capture of the Orange tip butterfly
Orange Tip butterfly

The green jewel amongst the yellow Gorse, the Green Hairstreak butterfly.  My OH is great at spotting things, I seem to walk around in a dream, he sharper than me when it comes to spotting the butterflies.
Green Hairstreak butterfly

A closer view of the Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak butterfly (2)

When the sunlight catches their wings, they shimmer. 
Green Hairstreak butterfly (3)

These are the males of the Green Hairstreak butterfly, there was at least three and they were doing a bit of squabbling.
Green Hairstreak butterfly (4)

Different shades of green
Green Hairstreak butterfly (5)

We had to have our fix of Bluebells.  These Bluebells are reaching their best, their colour is very intense.
Bluebells (3)

7 comments:

Richard Pegler said...

Super pictures, Linda. Well done!

ShySongbird said...

You had a jolly good day out, Linda! Your photos are lovely and the Green Hairstreak is such a gorgeous colour!

There seem to be lots of Orange Tips about this year, I love their colouring too.

As for those Bluebells, just heavenly :)

Roy said...

Hey Lyn, that Green Hairstreak is absolutely perfect, well done on getting that one.

Midmarsh John said...

Great flutterby photos Linda. I have never seen a Green Hairstreak. I've seen a few Orange Tips but they just refuse to stay in one place.

Gerry Snape said...

I'm crazy for butterflies, so thankyou for these lovely photos

holdingmoments said...

That Green Hairstreak is a beauty. Never seen one of these before. A stunner.
And those Bluebells look superb.

Ain't this just a great time of year. :)

Roy said...

Fabulous shots Lyn, the fox cub is just brilliant. I have never seen a G Skipper or a Green Hairstreak.