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Flora and Fauna Friday

Magpie Moth

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata).

A very widespread species found across Eurasia north of the Himalayas, North Africa and North America. This individual was photographed in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. It gets its common English name from the black and white pattern on its wings.

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Sunbathing Comma

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday post is a Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) sunbathing in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

The butterfly gets its common English name because the reverse side of the hindwings has a white spot usually in the shape of C that resembles a comma. It’s found across Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Sunbathing Comma
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Macro Monday

Ruby-tailed Wasp

Macro Monday this week is the Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis ignata). It’s a species of cuckoo wasp, parasites that lay their eggs in the nests of other wasp species.

The species is found across the European continent, this specimen was photographed in a garden in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

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Macro Monday

Large White Butterfly caterpillars

My Macro Monday post this week is a follow up to my post a few weeks ago about the eggs of a Large White Butterfly hatching.

These are two Large White Butterfly caterpillars on Nasturtium leaves. I suspect that one is from the eggs I photographed. Because of the size disparity between the two I suspect that one is from a different group of eggs that hatched at a different time.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

 

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Macro Monday

Gatekeeper Butterfly

My Macro Monday post this week is a Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), a butterfly species found in Europe. An alternative common English name is Hedge Brown.

The darker patches in the center of the forewing show this is a male. The butterfly is resting on a Bramble leaf in Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

 

Macro Monday: Gatekeeper Butterfly

 

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Macro Monday

Yellow Dung Fly

Macro Monday this week is traveling back to Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) although the common English name was Common Yellow Dung Fly when I was captioning the slides in the 1980s. Another common English name is Golden Dung Fly.

 

Macro Monday: Yellow Dung Fly

A Yellow Dung Fly on a tree trunk in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

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Flora and Fauna Friday

Small Copper Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday this week is the Small Copper Butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas).

Alternative common English names include American Copper and Common Copper.

I didn’t realise until recently that the Small Copper butterflies I had photographed in England were the same species as the ones that I have seen in Ontario, Canada.

The butterfly is a Holarctic species, widespread and common across Europe, Asia, North America and also North Africa.

This backlit individual was photographed in a garden in the village of Wybunbury in southern Cheshire, England.

 

Flora and Fauna Friday: Small Copper Butterfly