I have been trying my photographic skill with this one, and took this with tripod
Canon 500D and Sigma 105mm Macro Lens Mode = AV F-Stop = f/40 Exposure = 25sec ISO-Speed = ISO-400 Metering = Center Weight Average Flash Compulsery
Got some videos of them and one shedding its skin, so when I get all videos I need, making a video of the whole lifecycle of them.]]>
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/blog.php?u=915&b=347&sid=906c741c9a496857378d0d479d7e67592009-08-26T17:16:10-06:002009-08-26T17:16:10-06:00 I am filming through their whole lifecycle, from caterpillar to adult and making a video of it. Here is one of the caterpillars up close:
you can see they are haity right from the start. And fast...I watched one of mine crawl across a leaf quite fast. I thought it was only as fully grown caterpillars they move fast, but no, its from the start. I call mine the "Speedy Gonzalas Group" for this reason
Here is 4 of them (sorry for two blurring, but could only get the two in focus as they are so small):
Am I right in thinking that the adults don't feed? I know a few species in the same family do feed. An d would the caterpillars take ivy leaved toadflax? I raised white ermine on that before and it grows plentiful around my garden and walls of my house.]]>
I would like to draw more in future but am a bit busy with school work at moment.]]>
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/blog.php?u=915&b=119&sid=906c741c9a496857378d0d479d7e67592007-08-12T10:51:11-06:002007-08-12T10:51:11-06:00 10+ Holly Blues (mostly males)
2-3 Red Admirals
3 Meadow Browns
1 Male Speckled Wood
1 Large white
1 Small White
1 Small Copper
I never really go in here much, bhut have done latley and there is loads around. Holly Blues feedling on piles of Rosebay Willowherb, but too far to get pics. Hopefully soon I can get a decent shot of them.
First time I saw Small Copper here too. Piles of small moths here too.
Images (best holly blue shot I got, plus I got bramble thorns in my legs and found loads of marks where I was pricked trying to get Holly blue:
One slight blurry Male Holly Blue:
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/blog.php?u=915&b=107&sid=906c741c9a496857378d0d479d7e67592007-07-10T12:33:02-06:002007-07-10T12:33:02-06:00 My breeding is not going according to plan, but its going "alright" Elephant hawk-moths are hatching from pupae and one died. One did not do so well, as wings did not form fully, but its alive and feeding on lily plant I put in breeding cage.
Large Copper 30 larvae should be arriving sometime this month, so this should be good to breed.
All 16 peacock larvae I had are pupated and it won't be long before we have aldults.]]>