The end of the butterfly season approaches

Well I’m now back from the Isles of Scilly and it looks like the first autumnal storms are around the corner. Here then are a few butterfly photos from the Isles of Scilly last week.

A glorious peacock – photographed on St Agnes on Thursday

Red admiral
A red admiral on flowering ivy on St Mary’s

Small tortoiseshell
A small tortoiseshell sharing a buddleja with a buff tailed bumblebee

Holly blue
A holly blue

Common blue
A female common blue

Clouded yellowAnd finally a helice (or pale form) clouded yellow from St Mary’s

A few invertebrates are venturing out in the sunshine

The sun is breaking through on this Easter Sunday and as a result a few invertebrates are on the move

PeacockHere is a peacock butterfly which has overwintered – looks pretty fresh!

Pisura mirabilisThis is the spider Pisura mirabilis – if you look carefully (perhaps enlarge the picture by double clicking on it) you will see it has 6 eyes!

Green shield bugThis is a Green Shield Bug – Palomena prasina (only two eyes!)