Another week has come and gone and once again I found myself dawdling though the countryside with camera in hand. I decided to take my beloved out for lunch so it was just a case of how to fill the morning and afternoon. After a extra 40 winks (that’s sleep) I watched a bit of television and drunk few days worth of coffee. I used to drink more everyday,but now with early starts and late finishes I only get time for the one. I got dressed and headed out visiting two countryside areas I’d visited before,Thriftwood near Bicknacre and the Essex Way near Great Leighs.
Both were rewarding as I managed to shoot some good insect photos and then in the afternoon spot a Common Blue and a Green Veined White butterfly. The common blue is Britain’s (and probably Europe’s) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings, and also many man-made habitats, anywhere their food plants are found.
Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. In the south of Britain there are two broods a year, flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood, flying between June and September. In a year with a long warm season, there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.
The Green-veined White is a fairly small, white butterfly. Adults fly between April and October. A common butterfly, it is found in a wide variety of habitats, including hedgerows, woodland rides and meadows, as well as farmland, gardens and parks. Water-cress is a very common host plant for the butterfly. The food plants of the caterpillars are members of the cabbage family, including Cuckooflower and Hedge Mustard.
The Green-veined White is white with black wingtips and one or two black spots on the forewing. Smaller than the Large White, it has less black in the wing. It can be distinguished from the very similar Small White by the thick grey-green stripes along the veins on the undersides of its wings. It also tends to be found in damper habitats.
The sun shone brightly for the best part and even though it got warmer I resisted the urge to strip off. As I’ve been working a six day week it difficult to synchronize the weather to our lifestyle and most days the weather has been lousy. Hopefully though we may get to the club sometime soon and enjoy some quality naked time together.