I've had a bit of luck with my butterfly and moth whispering charms this week. First up was a Green-veined White butterfly, which I found fluttering about on low vegetation at the edge of my woodland. To my surprise when I put a finger out next to its perch, it climbed up on it!
|Green-veined White butterfly (Pieris napi).|
|It seemed quite happy to perch on my finger so we spent a bit of quality time together.|
Now moths are (sometimes) less flitty than butterflies and don't seem to mind being handled quite so much, although it rather depends on the situation. I was sitting in the barn cursing the April showers that were disrupting my attempts at gardening, when during a sudden hail shower, I noticed something walking up the slight slope towards the barn entrance. I thought it might be a bee and wanted to save it from being pummeled by the hail. It turned out to be a moth, which seemed only too happy to be brought inside in the dry, and after I took a few photos of it on the floor, happily sat on my finger for about 5 minutes. The last I saw of it, it was climbing up my arm.
The Shuttle-shaped Dart Moth (Agrotis puta) at UK Moths
|Shuttle-shaped Dart Moth (Agrotis puta).|
You can't see its head easily here as there's crud on the floor which is distracting.
|A better view of its face. |
Holding my DSLR with heavy macro lens is not easy one-handed!
|I had to use the pop up flash as I didn't have the Speedlite with me.|
Another exciting find, although I didn't know it at the time as I didn't ID it until later, was this beetle larva. I discovered it whilst weeding around my strawberries, and put it on the wooden board edging the veg patch plots so I could photograph it better, but it kept on moving. Imagine my delight when I discovered this is a Glow Worm larva! And even better, these guys eat small snails and slugs - a perfect insect to have in the veg patch. It's the adult females which glow to attract a mate, and they look quite similar to the larval form, whilst the males look completely different and more like a beetle.
|Glow Worm larva (Lampyris noctiluca).|
That's a Red Velvet Mite on the side, just a coincidence.
|Aren't the mouth parts amazing?|
It looks like a squid!