How I spent my Summer Part 1

01st September 2014
I thought I'd share how I spent mine:
My summer was all about the butterflies and as you will see by the gallery I did get super excited, and perhaps a little too close at times to the beautiful Common Blue Butterfly. They did seem to magically flutter in to the fields and meadows I frequented either at the end of the day or during some early morning visits.

I was also as happy as Larry (I must look that up.. who is Larry?) when I found a couple of dazed and dewy, Marbled White Butterflies who took their time to shake off their Swarovski droplets to allow me to snap them.

A couple even carried the tiny red parasite around their throats.. just as Wikipedia told me they would, Trombidium breei, a bothersome parasite that attaches itself to the thorax. Good news here is that these little red blighters apparently cause no harm to their host. Maybe its style thing that red is so often the accessory colour of choice when you wear black and white so well!

Sprinkle in a few Skippers, Heath Browns and Ringlets and I'm back to that Larry reference again.

More of my efforts are in my British Butterfly gallery if you have time for a quick visit. As part of that plan I mentioned earlier in my first blog, I will start much sooner and in more earnest next summer.

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