Readers’ wildlife photos

August 27, 2019 • 10:00 am

Whoops! I forgot to schedule the already-drafted readers’ wildlife post. But better late than never.

Reader Mark Jones sent in some insects: butterflies and dragonflies. His ID’s and notes are indented.

A few more butterflies from this summer.
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Purple Hairstreak (Favonius quercus)
Comma (Polygonia c-album)
Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
…and a couple of dragonflies:
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
Emperor, Britain’s bulkiest dragonfly (Anax imperator). A bit gruesome this one – I found it in the undergrowth eating a Ringlet!

12 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Beautiful. I never persuaded dragonflies to stand still for long enough for me. Sadistic little insects.

  2. Beautiful pictures Mark. I wish I could take pictures like that. Not enough patience seems to be my greatest obstacle to doing so.

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