The relatively short life cycle of butterflies and moths, only days in some cases (the huge, colourful and mouthless Atlas Moth for example), means that you never know what you are going to find when you visit the Butterfly Park. There could be a multitude flying around or not so many, new species or old favourites, it’s all a bit of a lottery.
A few shots of some caterpillars at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain. This first one, only about an inch […]
The B52’s of the bee world, the Carpenter Bees, are out in abundance at the moment, generally late morning/lunchtime when the sun has got it’s hat on. They are ungainly looking but looks can be deceptive. There were a couple of pairs flying around together and no collisions.
A ‘fresh’, overcast, damp and foggy late October morning in Woodley, Berkshire, and the bushes and hedgerows were full of dew-covered spider webs, although very few with a resident arachnid.
All the old favourites were fluttering around the Butterfly Park, or just hanging around in some cases like the Attacus atlas and Samia ricini, mainly because, being moths, they are nocturnally active.
Owl butterflies, amongst others, are partial to rotting or fermenting fruit, grapes and bananas being amongst the favourites. Quite an intense aroma!
This first caterpillar, Hipolimnas bolina, was munching its way along a large leaf at quite a rate of knots. Looks quite fearsome close up.
We are experiencing a bit of a heatwave in Andalucia at the moment, with temperatures of 40 degrees and above, so a short wander meant I was aarding like a sweatvark within a few minutes. Most of the birds were, of course, being sensible and remaining in shaded areas.
A group of smaller bees were using a flower as a sort of heliport while a huge Carpenter Bee was getting its belly covered in pollen as it flitted from one bloom to another.