Purple shot copper, one of the most striking butterflies I have ever seen
Damsel fly, a small dragonfly that rests with its wings folded
l’amour de Marie Morel
Colorado beetle, enemy of potato farmers everywhere, you can see the hint of an anonymous mask on the thorax so you know he is up to mischief
I think this is an idas blue but blues are very tricky to identify so it may be something else
The Duke of Burgundy, used to be a fritillary but was noticed to actually be the only European representative of the Hamaeris sub-family many of whose South American species have a metallic appearance. This one is actually a Duke since he has only four functional legs. His wife the Duchess boasts six. Their children feast on primrose and cowslip leaves.
When you see how earnestly these chaps cross the road you realise where we got the expression ‘beetling away’
This little hunting spider is little bigger than a match head and at first I mistook him for a tree frog, except there aren’t any tree frogs in Romania as far as I know
Moon series, April, work in progress
Bug eyed beauty
An afternoon spent in an orchard is never time wasted
Tiggy, a big noise in Transylvania, the big cat from West Jerusalem
Nature notebook for a change, Easter week in the village, buds and butterflies, African summer visitors, swallows and cuckoos arrived and settling in.
Male orange tip butterfly so called for obvious reasons
Orange tip butterfly, a true sing spring has arrived. Resting on shepherd’s purse. The food-plant is lady’s smock.