On the wing

Last week I was in Buckinghamshire and I did a short walk round Eyethrope taking in a section of the North Bucks way and the Swan Way. It was bright and sunny and the hedgerows were full of flowers. I was amazed at the number and variety of the butterflies.

I saw some Large Skipper and Comma butterflies, neither of which are common in Merseyside.

Large Skipper

                                                         Large Skipper

Comma

                                                    Comma, Polygonia c-album.

I also spotted a Brimstone Butterfly which led me on quite a chase before I could get close enough to it to take a photo.

Brimstone

                                                           Brimstone Butterfly.

As I was walking back alongside the River Thame a large insect flew past me. It had dark wings and a fluttering like flight but was not a butterfly. It came to rest close to the water and in the middle of a bed of nettles, but I had to follow. I had nor seen one before but I realised it was a Banded Demoiselle.

Banded Damoiselle

                                        Male Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens.

This was a male which has the dark blue-black band across its wings and the metallic blue-green body colour. Its often performs the fluttering display flight in front of females.

I had been wearing shorts and had got badly stung by the nettles but it was worth it to get this photo.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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5 Responses to On the wing

  1. Malcolm Chester says:

    We had several Comma butterflies in our garden yesterday. I took a photo and they look exactly like your image. 🙂

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Interesting. I have never seen one up here.

  3. Tracey says:

    Butterflies , Red Kites and after you left we had the Red Arrows passing over the house in formation – busy skies in Bucks

  4. malcolm chester says:

    I have emailed you a photo Marilyn took in the garden yesterday. She says there were several…

  5. Andrew says:

    Great photos and report. This is near me so will add it to the list of places to visit.

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