Morning Dog Walk: Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths

I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

The spring rains brought us many flowers, which in turn brought us many flying insects so this morning I pointed the camera at a few.

Around water you can usually find many Dragonflies, here is a male Violet Dropwing Dragonfly, found in Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula and Southern Europe this is a medium-sized Dragonfly, sex identification is simple as the female is green and brown. The name is taken from the way it lowers its wings when perched.

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Violet Dropwing Dragonfly (Male) - Trithemis annulata

Violet Dropwing Dragonfly (Male) - Trithemis annulata

There are plenty of areas with various wildflowers which is attracting many species of Butterfly and Moths, here are a few I saw this morning;

Spanish Marbled White Butterfly
Spanish Marbled White Butterfly - Melanargia ines

Small Heath Butterfly – I’m not certain on this one, please correct me if I’m wrong!
Small Heath Butterfly - Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Skipper – I’m not certain on this one either!
Small Skipper - Thymelicus acteon

Bright Wave Moth
Bright Wave Moth - Idaea ochrata

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