Six Legs Good!

Today we visited a group of nature reserves near junction 29a of the M1 in the shadow of Bolsover Castle. There was not a lot of birdlife on view but plenty of wild flowers meant a lot of butterflies – comma, ringlet, meadow brown, gatekeeper and red admiral and one or two smaller examples that might have been moths. Many refused to settle but I managed to get couple of reasonable shots.


This comma has a distinctive ‘deckled’ edge to its wings and if you see the underwing (like a dried leaf) it has a small white mark shaped like a comma.


A ringlet butterfly.


This colourful dragonfly is a southern hawker. Zoom in on the picture to see the delicate tracery in the wings.


  1. Jenny · July 18, 2015

    Lovely photos, it’s so difficult to catch a butterfly or a dragonfly, I know, I’ve been trying!


    • beestonbirdman · July 18, 2015

      Thanks – It is worth persisting – the detail of these insects is spectacular.


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