Sunday
Aug162015

Butterflies

A pair of common blue butterflies, Polyommatus icarus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), mating.

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2015-08-15.

Wednesday
Aug052015

Blowfly

A male Stomorhina lunata (Diptera: Calliphoridae).  Only the second one I have ever seen; the first was here.

Specimen taken in Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2015-08-02.

Saturday
Jul252015

Dragonfly

A male emperor dragonfly, Anax imperator (Odonata: Aeshnidae).  This specimen was much more docile than usual and I was able to get very close to it.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2015-07-25.

Sunday
Jul122015

Green Moth

An emerald moth, Hemithea aestivaria (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) that my daughter found in her bedroom. 

Almost exactly a year ago I found one in our living room.

Photo take in Reading, UK, on 2015-07-05.

Saturday
Jun202015

Soldier Fly

A male Oplodontha viridula (Diptera: Stratiomyidae).

Specimen taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2015-06-19.