In reply to HAZY:
Gorgeous photo of the Orange tip TJ, must be brand new.
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
In reply to Noisette:
Whilst taking a break from gardening I found myself chasing this little blighter round the garden. Luckily, it kept coming back to Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' which is in flower. My god, it was never still so I struggled to get photos.
I'm pretty sure it's a Bee-fly and I think Bombylius major, but if anyone knows differently please let me know.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Looking at the size of the proboscis you could be right Tony.
In reply to James:
Well done catching up with the busy bee Tony ! I better go check my Erysimums as there have been a few bees, wasps and the odd butterfly around in the sunshine. I saw a smaller bee (with fuzzy fur back ! ) but will have to grab some photos; looks smaller than a miner bee which we've had before but I'll need to "swat" up some more on my insects lol
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
I'm not up to identifying insects, so I'd have been forced to settle for the "little blighter" but you've definitely done it justice, anyway.
In reply to Nigel O:
Another warm and sunny day on my local patch so I bagged a few more butterflies. They were all very flighty so getting any photos was a challenge.
I'm a little uncertain about the ID of this one. I couldn't see the underwing which would have helped greatly. So the possibilities are: Small White, female Orange-tip or a male Green-veined White. Any thoughts gratefully received.
A Comma .....
....... and an underwing shot with its white "comma" showing nicely.
My first blue of the season which I think is a Holly Blue but please correct me if I'm mistaken.
If this lovely warm weather continues it could be a good year for butterflies.
Lovely photos TJ. I would go for Green-veined White because the black blob is in the wrong place for female Orange Tip, & the black triangle extends further down the wing on the Green-veined White as it does in your photo;
Very nice TJ sadly can't help you with the ID's
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Nice capture of the Lacewing Wendy.
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