Butterflies are among the most
interesting insects to
photograph. Bright colours and
dancing flight encourage any
photographer to try to capture
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The Painted Lady ,a beautiful migrant
from North Africa.
Some years scarce and some plentiful.
The tortoiseshell often comes out of
hibernation to brighten spring days
The green Hairstreak shows striking
green colouring when its wings are folded.
Found around Lough Fea,often in early June.
Another beautiful migrant.
are large and showy.
In recent years,this butterfly has been less
common than I remember it as a child.
Speckled Wood on Sedum
They chase eachother among
brambles in woodland lanes
Green-veined White-a familiar butterfly,
don’t confuse with Small White
which has no green veins on underwing
The Orange tip male patrols its territory
along ditches and hedgebanks in May.
Nettles are kept close to our garden
so thatPeacock butterflies
can lay eggs.
Always few in numbers,the Small Copper
sometimes unexpectedly pays a visit to
our garden in July.
frequent on the coast,
but less often seen inland.
Flying rather weakly in the daytime
over moist grassy areas and usually near water.
-a colony exists in an old
disused gravel pit about nine miles from Cookstown,
and another just outside Dungannon.
Red Admiral ,Painted Lady & Hoverfly
A brickworks ,closed some years ago,used the clay scraped and taken
off surrounding ground. Left untouched, this has developed into a wonderful
nature reserve,with butterflies and orchids in abundance.
Narrow bordered 5-Spot Burnet
Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet moth
Purple Marsh Orchid.
Other Wild Flowers