Some days ago we paid a return visit to Flatford RSPB Wildlife Garden, hoping that there would be some butterflies about. A couple of male Orange Tips flitted past us almost immediately, followed by a magnificent male Brimstone.
We always find the bank to the right of the photo (behind the picnic table) a good place for insects, and once again this proved to be the case.
|A female Orange Tip - these proved easier to photograph than their males counterparts.|
|Sadly we failed to see any Holly Blues. Blue butterflies are among my favourites...|
|A Peacock in the Ceanothus|
|A bee on the Alliums.|
|There were several Cardinal Beetles about, including this one on one of the log piles.|
You can see the small white comma on the outer wing above, giving these butterflies their name.
Before heading home, we wandered down to the bridge at Flatford.
Just as we were leaving we noticed this well camouflaged but iridescent beetle (below). We certainly seem to be on the cusp of 'insect season': there were dancing Mayflies in the Flatford garden and we had a Cockchafer banging on our window at home last night. I saw my first 2017 damselfly in the garden yesterday afternoon. Speaking of firsts, it has been lovely to hear the cuckoo on two occasions, but I have yet to see my first bat...