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Flora and Fauna Friday

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies

This is my first post in what will probably be a new weekly feature, Flora and Fauna Friday.

This Friday I have chosen a pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. Photographed on Prees Heath near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England in the mid 1990s.

The butterflies at Prees Heath are an isolated colony with most Silver-studded Blue colonies being found in Southern England and Wales. They get their common English name from the small, metallic silver spots near the rear edgeof the wing.

Mating Silver-studded Blue Butterflies

 

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CFFC

CFFC: Sense of Tasting

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking about some of the insect species that make themselves poisonous or at least taste bad by various means.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

These are Cinnabar Moth caterpillars feeding on Ragwort, a poisonous plant. As they feed they build up toxins from the plant. The yellow and black bands serve as a warning to potential predators.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

This is a Six Spot Burnet moth. The red spots serve as a warning to potential predators that the moth is poisonous and if attacked it produces a liquid that contains cyanide.

 

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CBWC

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with double letters.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to set a rule that a short caption for any photos should have at least two sets of double letters.

I fairly quickly found two photos of insects from my digitised slide archives that met the rule and actually had a third pair of double letters. I then gave the two photos a selective colour treatment as it’s a black and white challenge.

 

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

Cinnabar Moth caterpillars feeding on Ragwort. They were photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire.

 

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

A Comma Butterfly sunning itself in a Hatherton garden.

 

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Squares Challenge

July Squares: Silver-studded Blue Butterflies.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

Having only just realised how many birds there are with blue in their common English name it then occurred to me that there’s also a family of butterflies known as the Blues.

So here’s a pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. Photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire, England.

 

July Squares: Silver-studded Blue Butterflies.