8. More Wildlife Photos.
On the left is a male ‘Gatekeeper’ butterfly, Pyronia tithonus, also sometimes called the Hedge Brown. We know it is a male, because it has the dark patches of scent scales on its forewings. And on the right, a rather confused photo. of the Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Cymbalaria muralis. Unfortunately the small but very distinctive flowers are rather out of focus, and the whole thing is rendered even more ambiguous by the fact that the plant is apparently growing on top of real Ivy: that is of course, the darker, more glossy & heavily veined leaves underneath.
Besides this, we also took two more moderately successful shots today, but these were of things we already knew. Nevertheless, they are included here for general interest.
atalanta, the Red Admiral Butterfly,
needs no introduction. This one was shot at the same location as the two
photos. above. Unfortunately, it was located about seven feet up in a tree, so
that when it opened its wings from time to time, we couldn’t see them. So we
must be content with this resting shot. On the right is Solanum dulcemara, otherwise known as ‘Bittersweet’, or the Woody
Nightshade. This example is growing up a wall just round the corner from my
house here in suburban