Pignal Inclosure, New Forest

Yesterday saw a visit to Pignall Inclosure within the New Forest on the hunt for butterflies and dragonflies. This choice of venue proved to be an excellent one for both. There were lots and lots of butterflies to be seen, and I mean lots, particularly on or around flowering brambles and this is the main theme of the first set of pictures. The second set is of the dragonflies and an assortment of other insects spotted on the day.

The butterflies.

1. A Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus).

Large Skipper feeding
Large Skipper feeding
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Large Skipper feeding (2)
Large Skipper feeding (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

2. A Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

3. A Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Ringlet
Ringlet
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

4. A Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Meadow Brown
Meadow Brown
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

5. Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia). The second of which was taken further back to show more of the environment and the flowering brambles.

Silver-washed Fritillary
Silver-washed Fritillary
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Silver-washed Fritillary (2)
Silver-washed Fritillary (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Image cropped slightly

6. Marbled White (Melanargia galathea). This female was very camera friendly hence the 3 different compositions here

Female Marbled White
Female Marbled White
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Female Marbled White (2)
Female Marbled White (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Female Marbled White (3)
Female Marbled White (3)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

The Dragonflies & Assortment

1. Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii). Surprisingly spotted 5 or 6 in total on the walk.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

2. Female Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)

Smiler
Smiler
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

3. Yet to be identified mating flies

Mating flies
Mating flies
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

4.  A Buff tip moth (Phalera bucephala). This was spotted by my brother, who I thought was taking a twig on first glance

Buff tip moth rear
Buff tip moth rear
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

This side-on view shows it’s a moth not a twig.

Buff tip moth
Buff tip moth
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

A head shot as well

Buff tip moth head on
Buff tip moth head on
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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