Pararge aegeria

I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.

Another glorious day today found us walking around Rowney Wood near Saffron Walden. I deliberately only took my macro lens with me (instead of doing my usual and lugging about 5 lens around…and only using 1 of them!), well, it was a very warm 25°C.

We saw many butterflies, moths, damselflies, dragonflies, hoverflies, along with the usual bird activity. We saw a new dragonfly for us – a broad chaser (both a female and a male) – which we haven’t seen before in these woods. Today’s picture is of the Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), which isn’t large at all – along with the main image I’ve included a closer version and a Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) below as well.

Speckled Wood Butterfly - Pararge aegeria

Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula-2


154/366 Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Popped over to one of my favourite bug areas today over in Little Bardfield and saw plenty of Banded Demoiselles and Mayflies, along with a collection of beetles and this butterfly, a speckled wood:

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)