Dryad Dance Image

World Photography Day: Dryad Dance

Dryad Dance

World Photography Day: Dryad Dance

The world is but a canvas for our imagination

                                               Henry David Thoreau

This “canvas” was inspired by two dancing speckled-wood butterflies!

Blue Scabious Image

Blue Monday: Soothing Scabious

Blue Scabious

Blue Monday: Soothing Scabious

Sometimes called the pincushion flower, it is believed that Scabious may have come by it’s name as it was once used as a folk medicine to treat scabies. Whether this is true or not, I certainly find it a very soothing sight in an English Country Garden during the summer!

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor in honour of Smiling Sally
Smiling Sally

Large Skipper Image

Silent Sunday

Large Skipper

Silent Sunday

Holly Blue Butterfly On The Ivy Image

Blue Monday: A Holly On The Ivy

Holly Blue Butterfly On The Ivy

Blue Monday: A Holly On The Ivy

This is a female Holly Blue butterfly that I spotted yesterday, the final day of The Big Butterfly Count for Butterfly Conservation UK. The black on the tips of the upper-wing distinguishes it from the male. I knew it was female, even before I got a decent look at the partly open wings, as it was laying eggs near the flower buds of the ivy that was growing thickly through the beech hedge! There are two broods of this butterfly seen through the course of the year. The spring generation converge around holly trees and shrubs on which their larvae will feed. They will pupate and emerge as adults in late summer when they will then be seen congregating around ivy, on which they will lay their eggs. The larvae of the summer brood will pupate and overwinter in the ivy, emerging as early as the first week of April the following year.

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor in honour of Smiling Sally
Smiling Sally