Ecology, Wales

Images of Summer

 

Bloodsucker on Ragwort

Bloodsucker on Ragwort

The sight of this flower beetle takes me back to the sunny meadows of childhood where holding one of these bloodsuckers was a right of passage!  Misnamed, they hunt the flower heads for tiny insects although this one seemed to be drinking nectar.

Fairies gambol and flit by the pond — dragonflies whizzing past my lens at the speed of sound — boom!  I know — shutter speed too slow!

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly I took last year

Dragonfly I took last year

Cheating -- a blue chaser from August last year!

Cheating — a blue chaser from August last year!

Just above the water of the pond, perched on a rush, is a tiny skipper — it seems to be laying eggs.

Orange Skipper

Orange Skipper — not clearest image

Skipper

Here she is again

Skipper

Skipper with her tongue out

Skipper laying Egg?

Skipper laying Egg?

Orange Skipper

Impressionist image of Orange Skipper

In the back-ground on this idyllic day is the sound of this little chap, well thousands of him, and not heard often in wet Wales!

Can you see the Meadow Grasshopper?

Can you see the Meadow Grasshopper?

Sorry — not always the crispest of images but I am working on it!

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