Sunday, 7 August 2011

Walk on the Wild Side

Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath, Somerset Levels. Saturday 6th August 2011

Early light rain, dampened the spirits for a while and kept everything quiet and no sign of Butterflies until the Sun appeared at lunchtime for a while.
I came across this Hoverfly (Syrphus ribestii) not seen too many Hoverflies this Summer to post. early damp Summer may have something to do with this.
This friendly Rabbit (below) did not seem to mind me getting too close. Shortly after he had his photograph taken he departed into the hedgerow.

After the showers finally cleared away the sun finally appeared and it got quite warm and still, and the Butterflies duely appeared.

The Red Admiral (above) was the most common Butterfly seen today, not often get the chance to get a shot of one with it's wings closed.

I spotteed this Longhorn Beetle (Stragalia maculata) feeding on the flower heads. Click for a larger copy and you can see it is covered in pollen.

This was a first for me to find this Ichneumon Wasp (Diphyus quadripunctorius).

This Common Blue Butterfly looked so peaceful just resting in the warm sun gave me one of those delightful shots that only the Common Blue give you.

Soon it was back into Glastonbury and then home. Already looking forward to my next Walk on the Wildside.


  1. At least you didn't let the weather keep you inside like I did!!

  2. Hi Karen,

    Lovely to hear from you. It very nearly did. But I needed a little of Natures cure after a busy week. It worked despite the rain showers. John

  3. Really like the Red Admiral shot John, very artistic.
    I have also had a chance to look at your landscape gallery, some beautiful scenes you have taken there. Great results.

  4. Hi Roy,
    Thank you. I will be adding more shots into the gallery over the coming weeks. Weather has not been that good for Butterflies here this weekend sadly. John