Friday, July 15, 2011

Entomologica amateuris

I’m taking a few days off photography so I thought I’d leave today’s post as the bits I didn’t get to fit into my last few entries. Namely the butterflies and insects of County Cork!
A green veined white (Pieris napi), I was quite sad to learn that I missed the closely related Orange tip's flying season before I got a shot!
What is it? I don't know, do you know?. A giant fly? I intend to find out but only when I get a good insect field guide, google images just doesn't work too well for insect ID's :-D
A meadow brown (Maniola jurtina), common but a pain in the **** to chase around the place
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), I'm starting to think these guys are like vampires in that no shot of them ever seems to work out quite right (do they show up in mirrors I wonder)
Red admiral from the side
A red tailed bumblebee I think but I still have to run it through my ID'ing process!
Look a cricket! Don't think he'll be starting any locust plagues tho
Gall wasp galls by the look of it, tiny wasps that can cause trees to form growths in which their larvae can develop, slightly nightmarish but at least its only a tree. Many species of wasp lay their eggs in other insects causing them to be devoured from the inside out. Galloulish you might say!

A ringlet butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus), surprisingly picturesque considering its brown. They are currently everywhere, hundreds seen in Blarney and Ballycotton this week!

Seems to have crash landed!
Didn't actually see the bee untill I got home and looked at the jpeg
Large white (Pieris brassicae), hard to tell apart these Pieris butterflies...
One of those waterskating bugs, bet you can't do that!

Nother red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) I think...


  1. Hi mate, have you upgraded your camera and lenses recently? What are you using now??? These are great :)

  2. Nope, in fact I'm constantly forgetting my 100mm lens so I end up backing away from the insect with my zoom lens until it comes into focus. The sun helps too!

  3. You've been learning your camera then :)


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