Spring Flush. April 2018.
Written by Jos   

Small Tortoiseshell



With rising temperatures, so the butterfly season truly began. From fairly good numbers in the first half of the month, with numerous Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones, plus Camberwell Beauties, the second half of the month saw an absolute explosion in numbers, the first Swallowtails on the wing, plus butterflies flying in their hundreds by month end.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 May 2018 )
Focus on Lepidoptera, South Africa.
Written by Jos   
My second visit to South Africa in the space of six months, this three-week trip from 9-29 December 2017 very much focussed on the amazing butterflies of the country, though did begin with a few days in Kruger National Park searching for a number of iconic mammals, not least Wild Dogs, Leopards, Cheetahs and White Rhinos.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 April 2018 )
Flying on Ice. March 2018.
Written by Jos   

24-25 March. Season 2018 opens!

Snow still in the woodlands, lakes and pools still under the grip of ice, but it is a time of change - temperatures climbing to above 5C, skeins of geese heading north,  White Storks and Cranes newly arrived.


 Siberian Winter Damselfly



And, despite the temperatures remaining low, just enough sun these couple of days to kick the season off - in vivid yellow, a male Brimstone on the 24th, then a Small Tortoiseshell the next day, one Siberian Winter Damselfly too.





So there it was, my first butterflies and damselflies of the year in Lithuania, so the season starts.



Last Updated ( Monday, 26 March 2018 )
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