Thursday, 29 August 2013

Butterflies etc on the Isle Of Wight

I had my orders (from some bloggers!) when coming on holidays to the I.O.W to look out for different Butterflies etc than I see at home in Northern Ireland.  This I have done and have tried to name most of them.  Any corrections will be most welcome and helpful to me.

Emerald Damselfly - Common Spreadwing
Emerald Damselfly close up
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker close up
 
Water Ladybird (anisosticta 19-punctta) it can have anything from 15 to 21 spots and changes colour from orange/red (summer) to off White (winter).
 
Common Blue underside female
Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (chothippus albomarginatus)
Green-veined Butterfly on Verbena bonariensis
Holly Blue
Holly Blue
Honeybee
Large White female
Large White female
Large White male
Red Admiral
Ruddy Darter
Ruddy Darter mating
Small Copper
Small Copper
Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood
Speckled Wood
 Waspspider
Wall Brown
Wall Brown
Ladybird Pupae (poss. a 7 spot or a Harlequin Ladybird)

This is a short video taken of white butterflies and can be accessed at

http://youtu.be/1cmj_nMhpTM


If there is a black space below, click it and the video will appear.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed seeing the insects I saw on the Isle of Wight.

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful collection of dragonflies and butterflies. Lovely images and video.

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    1. HI Eileen Glad you liked the post, thanks for comment.

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  2. I do love the ephemeral beauty of butterflies (and most other insects too). Thank you.

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    1. HI EC THanks for comment and I am glad you liked the post

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  3. Wonderful post! I loved seeing all the butterflies and the dragonflies.

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    1. HI Gunilla Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for comment.

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  4. Great variety of insects there and lovely photos. I think the last one is a Ladybird larva - Harlequin by the looks of it but stand to be corrected :)

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    1. Hi RR Thanks for suggestion, I will look that up and add it if it is correct. Many thanks for taking thte trouble to comment and help

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  5. A great set of pictures of some of myfavourite creatures.
    Is the unknown one a Frog Hopper?

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    1. Thanks for comment. Never heard of a Frog Hopper but I will now look it up. I assume you mean the Cricket shot. Thanks for your help and coments

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    2. No I meant the last image. The ones that make cuckoo spit. Up here they are a tan colour but southern ones are bound to be posher. It looks like one and when the little buggers jump you can feel it when they hit you. Somebody told me they are pulling 300g ona hop.

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    3. I'm getting a wee bit upset. No Crickets I know. I was referring to the last one you didn't know. I'm not sure but give them a poke and they hop. They can hop but can also absorb 300g.

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    4. Aww Shit! just realised I'm not in real time here.

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  6. how beautiful nature; especially those first few. I saw a lot of Isle of Wight on a recent Grand Designs show; thought it spectacular

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    1. Hi Carole Yes it is beautiful although I prefer N.Ireland as it is less crowded and more room. Thanks for comments

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  7. LOVE these photos of the insects!! And, I'm happy to learn the name of the Ruddy Darters!! We have them visit our pond every year and I enjoy them so much. Thank you, Margaret! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. HI Tanna That is good that you know the names of your visitors now. Thanks for visiting adn for your comments

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  8. Wow, what the great series ! looking fabulous. glad to visit, Indeed..or yes if you are interested to do an experience of Houseboat in Kerala, India. then visit....

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    1. Hi Erco I am very glad you liked this post adn thank you for commenting. I have visited your site and the places adn boatslook fabulous. Do you ever have any wildlife seen or on your post?

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  9. Hi Margaret, I've been reading all your holiday posts and it looks like you're having a fantastic time and enjoying lots of different activities.
    A great selection of insect images here and the ID's are almost spot on, I can tell you've been swotting up...lol!!
    That's a cracking shot of the Emerald Damselfly to start with.
    Now for a few ID's...
    The ladybird is a Water Ladybird (anisosticta 19-punctata) it can have anything from 15 to 21 spots and changes colour from orange/red (summer) to off White (winter). As you've found a white one does this mean that there's snow on the way??

    Your Cricket is in fact a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (chothippus albomarginatus)

    The last bug is a Ladybird Pupae (poss. a 7 spot or a Harlequin Ladybird) This is the stage between the larvae and adult and can last for 7 to 10 days.

    Hope this helps?...[;o)

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    1. Hi Trevor VERY MANY THANKS for looking at my posts and giving my the correct ID's. I have corrected them on the post now. Thanks for all the comments. I have learnt a lot over the past few months considering i did not know one insect name!!! Over the winter, I hope to learn more but it is remembering them all, is my problem!!!! I am sure I will need your help in the future and I appreciate how patient you have been with me. Thanks. I hear that Keith has got a Moth trap. What is it with you boys!!! Please don't tell me I will have to learn about moths too!!! I know in N.I. there are over 1000!!!!

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  10. the hawker shot is wonderful!

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    1. Hi Tex That Hawker was in my daughters garden adn she has no water! Hanging from a branch. I thought it was dead at first but I now have read that they do hand down somtimes. Thanks for comment.

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  11. I loved this post. Such a variety of butterflies and damselflies, and all photographed beautifully. Very nice.

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    1. HI Linda Many thanks for your knd comments and I am glad you enjoyed this post.

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  12. Well you certainly know your butterflies and bugs Margaret. You got some fine shots too.

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    1. HI Phil I don't want to burst your bubble but this is the first year I have looked at insects and tried to photograph them however since starting blogging (just under 6months ago), I have had lots of help with IDing from bloggers and today, my thanks goes to Trevor from The Herald who kept me right on 3 that either I named incorrectly or didn't know at all. I aim, over the winter to study them more so that next year, I can capture and name them better myself. Thank you for the compliment, I will take it anyway!!

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  13. These are just fabulous! I love the big blue eyes on the Damselfly, and the beautiful Migrant Hawker, he looks like a Native American painted him with turquoise. The color of the Ruddy Darter is beautiful and deep, and the yellow flowers just shine like sun on the ground.

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    1. Hi Ginny The first one is my favorite and I was fortunate to get it. I have never seen any of them in Northern Ireland but here on the Isle of Wight. You are very knid with your compliments and comments as it is a great encouragement to me. Thanks.

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  14. splended photos and a great blog, how do you find the time. It's as much as i can do to get a eew photos worth posting.



    peter

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    1. HI Peter Many thanks for comments. Yes it does take a lot of time and when September comes, I will not have as much so will probably have to cut done a bit.

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  15. Hi Margaret... Wonderful post with real beauties, well except for the spider !! I have a hard time with them : )
    The video is special with all those white , I would love to knwo what that plant is!!
    I really like the first one, and the Holly Blues!!

    Grace

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    1. Hi Grace Glad you enjoyed the post. I also would like to know that plant's name . I see you do not have an email address on your site because if you had, (when I find out) I would have written and let you know. Thanks for comments

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  16. Awesome captures! Love all the fascinating insects you saw specially the wasp spider.

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    1. HI Shey Glad you liked the post. I had never heard of aWaspider before and I tried getting the backof it as well however none of the photos were good enough to put on. Thanks for comments.

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  17. I'm always chasing butterflies and dragonflies and I'm amazed at all you found!
    Wonderful captures! I like the lacy wings in the first shot.

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    1. HI Carltta Yes I know hhow you feel. It seems to be better if they come to you because in my (very short)experience, they will always outrun you. I wouldlove to know how many miles an hour they can do, certainly quicker than I can run!! Thanks for comments.

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  18. What fantastic photos. I was last on the IOW in 1974 and was totally uninterested in wildlife at the time! Would love to go again.

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  19. HI Em Glad you enjoyed the post. That's a long time since you were on the island.

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