After writing a review of the 4th edition of WILDGuides 'Britain's Butterflies, I thought I'd go through some of the images taken throughout Shropshire during 2020 and most of which not blogged? Odonata and Orthoptera came first this year but here's a selection using the taxonomy order of the new book! Some of the species had full blogs, click on the links for more images etc...
First off Essex Skippers taken at Venus Pool on 13th July. More images here
No shortage of Small Whites at VP either, from July / August the first with cloud cover followed by another in sunshine!
Again at VP, wherever, whenever, Green-veined Whites were busy ensuring their population for 2021?
A hovering male Brimstone
at Aston locks on 15 August plus another one at Venus Pool on 7th August.
One of my main aims of the year was to get some 'decent' images of Wall
. Two visits in early August produced the goods, traditional... Full account here
and on flowers...
Here's a Speckled Wood, in bright sunshine looking as if he want's to be a Wall?
on Bramble blossom...
A couple of angles on Meadow Brown...
The Bog produced plenty of Grayling
on 24th July,
nice to see them busy on Bramble blossom.
The first of two Shropshire 'lifers' - Marbled White at Venus Pool on 10th July. Read the full story here
Here's Silver-washed Fritillary, one of several showing really well at Llanymynech Rocks on 26th July... More pics and full review here
And my second local lifer of the year - Dark Green Fritillary
at Titterstone Clee on 16th July. I was looking for a certain Damselfly but this was a splendid surprise! More pics and full story here
Some striking Nymphalids starting with Red Admiral
Not every butterfly was in large numbers, this was one of the least productive years I can recall for Painted Lady! This one at Llanymynech Rocks on 26th July.
Peacock as ever stunning in shade or sunlight!
A pristine Small Tortoiseshell at Venus Pool on 3rd August.
A Comma at the same location on 11th July
Followed by this striking partly while aberrant version on 25th July... More pics here
A long season for Small Copper
, pics taken in July and September...
Common Blue seemed to take forever to get going, this male at Venus Pool 6th August...
And finally, another aberration - this female 'caeruleomarginata' at Venus Pool on 29th August. A few more pics
That's all for Butterflies in 2020, roll on 2021. If we aren't locked down, I may have a full year at these?
Oh and while you are here, check out my review
of the new WILDGuides field guide to Britain's Butterflies, it's a must have!!