An irregular blog of photos taken by me of insects and other natural history subjects on my travels around Yorkshire, Britain and Europe. Hopefully you'll find them useful in putting a name to your own specimens but always check your identifications with an expert.


Nostell Priory, 05/07/09

I took a group of Butterfly Conservation and National Trust members around the Obelisk Lodge meadow at Nostell Priory (NT), Wakefield today. In all we had twelve species of butterflies, three species of moths and six species of dragonflies. The highlight of the day was not one but two Hummingbird Hawkmoths nectering on bramble within a couple of feet of one another.

Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (immature male).

Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum