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Speckled wood butterfly (side)
Speckled woods are allegedly quite common in the UK, but they're also rather shy so I've never had the opportunity to be this close to one before. I think this one is female. It was enjoying a repast of raspberries up at the more tangly end of our garden.

+1, clear view of wing pattern )
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Small tortoiseshell butterfly
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We hadn't seen many butterflies this year until the past week, when it suddenly got warm. I was starting to worry because the oregano was in full bloom and our usual swarm of small tortoiseshells hadn't turned up yet. They have now (and there was much rejoicing). Prior to that I'd only seen the occasional cabbage white, a single peacock and a solitary painted lady, which was never around when I had my camera out.

I spent a pleasant half hour trying to get the perfect shot of one of the tortoiseshells. This is SOOC (straight off of camera, uncropped and unedited), and I'm pretty happy to have captured it.
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Five spot burnet moth
Five spot burnet moth in our Worcestershire, UK garden.
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Iridescent green flying insect

My little son found this in the garden today when he was inspecting the strawberry plants. I've no idea what it is Now identified by [personal profile] spiralsheep as a flower beetle, it prompted me to run inside and swap to the macro lens really quickly!

Junco

May. 27th, 2016 04:22 pm
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Junco in the bird bath
This junco had a bath every morning when I was visiting my parents in the Pacific Northwest.

+1, Junco drying off in the sun )

Robin

Oct. 15th, 2015 12:16 pm
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Beady robin side-eye. "There's no sign that says you must perch on the side of the feeder. I'm going in through the top!"
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Nuthatch, goldfinch, great tit

Nuthatch: "Hey! I got a peanut."
Goldfinch: "Cool. I'm eating thistle seeds."
Great tit: "BANZAAAAI!"

Cricket

Sep. 18th, 2015 01:46 pm
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Cricket
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I *think* this is a cricket (a speckled bush-cricket). If I'm right, that means we have both grasshoppers and crickets in our garden!
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Works very hard to extract each peanut from the feeder, then flies to sit on the branch and munch on it.
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A patch of nasturtiums in our central flower bed is currently being decimated by a horde of large cabbage white caterpillars. Since I have to fight to keep the nasturtiums from taking over said flower bed, I don't really begrudge them their feast.
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If you have access to an infrared camera, you might as well set it up in your back garden at night, y/y? We have hedgehogs!
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The oregano, up until the recent spate of wet and windy weather, was smothered in butterflies. I've counted six small tortoiseshells, two gatekeepers, a comma, a peacock and this small skipper on our modestly sized plant at once, along with many bees (bumble and honey), flies and beetles. Sometimes I don't know where to point my lens, I'm so spoiled for choice.
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I was pulling out bindweed in the garden when I disturbed this moth. I raced inside to get my camera, hoping it would stay put long enough for me to photograph it, and it did!
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Found this little friend on the stairs yesterday.
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The oregano is in bloom again, and the bees and the butterflies are all over it! Today we spotted two small tortoiseshells and a comma feasting on it. Managed to get a good capture of the comma.
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The goldfinches are on the nyger seed feeder almost every day, but the green finch is a less frequent and shyer visitor. I was delighted to get a shot of one bobbling about on the perch, finally!

Ladybird

May. 10th, 2015 08:59 pm
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Yellow ladybird on a partially munched peach-coloured pansy. Discovered by the toddler this morning.

+1 )
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I always wanted one of these in my garden, and it finally occurred to me to plant one last month. It's in bloom now and seeing it every day makes me happy.

Beetle

May. 4th, 2015 09:27 pm
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My wildlife identification skills don't extend beyond, "Ooh, pretty!", when it comes to beetles. This attractively burnished specimen landed on me whilst I was working in the garden today.

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