Yesterday I headed out to Rocher Blog near High Bradfield, hoping to take some pictures of dragonflies. I got some fairly good shots of black darters there a few years ago and I wanted to see if I could do any better.
I arrived to find that the pools in bog had completely dried up. There were no dragonflies to be seen, so I decided to walk on to the ruined farm at Rocher Head. With an abundance of nettles and thistles, the old farmyard can be a good place to photograph butterflies.
There were a few butterflies around the buildings but, a short distance beyond, I came across a real insect hotspot: a small area of damp ground with tall, lush vegetation. At least seven different species of butterfly were feeding on the flowers of creeping thistle: red admiral, peacock, small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper, small copper, meadow brown and green-veined white. There was also a day-flying silver y moth, plus hoverflies of several species and swarms of red-legged heather flies.
These two shots were taken with an Olympus E-3, fitted with a Zuiko 50-200mm zoom lens.
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