WPC and Blue Monday: Doris Longwing (4 Photos)

Doris Longwing

Blue Monday: Doris Longwing (4 Photos)

The Doris Longwing (Heliconiini Laparus doris) is a new butterfly to the 2016 Butterflies In The Glasshouse event at RHS Wisley Gardens. The Doris has striking, iridescent patches of blue on the upperside of the hindwing. The underside shows patches and stripes of red as do many other longwings, they can sometimes be hard to tell apart! They’re graceful, dainty and beautiful to watch in flight, or sunning themselves and feeding. The annual event is on now until March 6th. If you are planning to visit at the weekend, or during school half-term, you would be wise to book yourselves a time slot as the glasshouse gets very busy and queues can grow quickly! I hope that my photos of these wonderful creatures entice you to visit and enjoy the magic for yourselves. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits and banish any Winter blues!

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26 comments on “WPC and Blue Monday: Doris Longwing (4 Photos)

    • Hahaha, thanks Jude πŸ˜€ Yes, it’s probably not as humid in front of your screen too πŸ˜‰ It’s been busy even on weekdays and I’m getting nervous about the annual half-term melee! The one nice thing about being able to go in the week is that even though it’s busy in there, there’s almost a sense of camaraderie amongst visitors. People alert others when they spot a new one or a beautiful pose, there’s time to really engage with the kids and get them excited about what they’re seeing AND there’s enough room for me to go in with my wheelchair so I don’t go hurting myself! I’m going to volunteer for a few hours on the 10th with Butterfly Conservation UK on their stand in the glasshouse. They’re not doing half-term this year as it was too chaotic before. Looking forward to imparting my knowledge and sharing my passion for our native species πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Seonaid πŸ™‚ I was watching Winterwatch on the BBC earlier and the swings in temperature up in the Cairngorms have been extraordinary!! So much snow and ice melt adding to rain water was really turning the lazy little rivers into raging whitewater. Rain here again tomorrow 😦

    • Haha, thank you! I have a wonderful place called RHS Wisley Gardens close to where I live and every winter, between early January and early March, they hold an event called Butterflies in The Glasshouse. They have a large glasshouse with temperate and tropical zones so the butterflies are released into the tropical area. It’s a wonderful event and being a bit obsessed with butterflies I do spend a lot of time there. I photograph our own native species during the warmer months and when we holiday in Greece every year I also photograph the species there. I’ve always had a passion for butterflies and do what I can to help with conservation in our area.

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