Monday, July 26, 2010

Moths and Flutterbys

How could I not put up photos of this beauty, the Garden Tiger moth? She was found on a walk myself and my mother took in the top field - a huge fluttering, bumbling, orange, white and black creature, which we ran after over and over, until she finally settled down to lay some eggs.She was massive - about a 2" wingspan.
Apparently containing a poisonous toxin too, I found out upon returning home and looking her up.
There she is, laying her eggs.
Its incredible just how many different species of butterfly and moths that live in Ireland - the moths much more so. They are creatures I haven't really spent any time looking at before - until I got a good identification guide for my birthday that is! Here are some of the ones I've managed to capture on camera...

The Ringlet...
Small Copper...

Meadow Brown...
I think this is the Orange Underwing moth...
and a Silver-washed Fritillary... (butterfly that is.)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Home and Away

Thought I'd throw up some photos from the last two months, of things close by and things far away...and by far I mean the south-west of Ireland...so not that far. Above is the Hawthorn beginning to bloom in early June. Not exactly the May tree this year.

The beautiful limestone landscape of the burren. I still find it fascinating that we were once the bed of a tropical sea floating around near the equator.Cherries, growing in the garden! Amazing!

The cliffs in Ballybunion. Beautiful place to walk.

Part of a wasp's nest I found in the garden. We also have several of these in our attic. Apparently a great year for wasps and bees so far, what with all the sun...
Check out the honeycomb-ey bit inside, although I guess its not honeycomb...I realise I know nothing about what wasps do, except sting you.The Cliffs of Moher. The tiny little dots on top are people. More fauna in the top field. All this activity in one place. Hard to photograph with the wind - I'm surprised they didn't get travel sick what with all that blowing about.
And the herd of cows that got lost and ended up in the top field, happily munching on the grass and snoozing.