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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Caldecote Lake

A few more pictures from Sunday. Mostly butterflies, but I did mange a couple of birds. This family of Swans were enjoying a quiet moment,

and a female Reed Bunting.

I took a walk round to the ‘horror’ tree, to see how it was doing. I did a post about it back in May, and a catch up in June, where it was fighting back. And now?

A brand new, healthy tree. Looking at that tree now, got me thinking, do we really need all these chemical poisons to spray at the slightest hint of insect ‘attack’? I don’t think so; let Mother Nature do her thing, and take care of it. The horror tree is testament to that. She didn’t kill off all those Bird- cherry Ermine Moth caterpillars; she let them feed and grow into the beautiful moths they became. When they were ready, they left to do what they do, and the horror tree reverted back to a lush green tree again. The local lake hasn’t been defoliated by these handsome insects, it’s all still there supporting all the other life that depends on it.

Just beyond the tree, a female Common Darter was taking a rest, as the sun shone through her wings.

And the butterflies. Well, two; I don’t want to overdo it.

A Small Copper enjoying the nectar of Hedge Bindweed, fitting perfectly on the large white trumpet flowers.

And a female Common Blue.

I’ve seen more of these this year, than the promised Painted Lady explosion. And to even it up a bit, the male, in all his glory.

To finish on, a different kind of Common Blue.

The male Damselfly, taking a break on a Nettle leaf.
How come they don't get stung?


  1. Great blog. I am inspired by your images!

  2. hey! I agree generally about spraying chemicals, I think they are a contributing factor in the weakness of the honey bee, BUT1
    while driving across the Northern USA in July I note thousands! of trees dying, the elms in the USA are being attached by some beatle 'accidently' imported to the USA. It borrows down under the bark and lays eggs, the larvae suck up the sap, it is a horrible site - the loss of these trees, they need help....

  3. Not sure about damselflies, but a study has been done on whether or not nettle stings bother caterpillars and snails - Responses of Invertebrate Herbivores to Stinging Trichomes of Urtica dioica and Laportea canadensis... "We investigated whether stinging trichomes of two plant species, Urtica dioica and Laportea canadensis, are effective defenses against four species of invertebrate herbivores (Vanessa atalanta, Popillia japonica, Chortophaga viridifasciata, and Anguispira alternata)... In no case was there significant evidence that stinging trichomes deter or interfere with feeding by these herbivores. Factors of body size and feeding behavior allow them to feed with little interference from nettle stings." So now you know!

  4. The Small Copper on the pure white flower makes a lovely composition. As for the 'Horror Tree' - it is amazing how many plants seem recover totally after such an invasion. Lucky it was early in the season giving time for new leaves to be produced and growth to resume.
    I have seen quite a few blue butterflies flitting about but so far not one has settled on anything in the garden so no photos :(

  5. Beautiful pictures of butterflies, and other subjects, again, Keith.

  6. Some of those are really good, the Small Copper is truly amazing.

  7. Lovely set of photos Keith, the female Bunting is really good.

  8. yeah! your pictures are very good!, you are realy good photograph

  9. awesome photos! I agree, let nature take its course....... as the saying goes.

  10. A lovely post Keith, I loved all the photos, the serenity of the swans the beautiful Bunting and the colourful Common Blue (sorry about the unintended alliteration!). I do so agree with you about letting Nature look after herself, I think it would be a lot better if we humans intervened far less.

  11. Ashley thank you for stopping by, following, and your lovely comment. Appreciate it.

    Ginger thanks. Sounds like Dutch elm disease, the disease that is carried by a bark beetle, it has affected more than 20 million elm trees in the UK since 1970. Terrible.

    Helen, what can I say. :)
    Thanks for taking the time to explain that. Has to be the most informative comment ever; and, I think I understood most of it. Lol

    Thanks John. The Small Copper looks stunning when the sun shines on them, they certainly live up to their name.
    The ‘tree’ has made a remarkable recovery; nature timing things to perfection.

    Thank you Emma. :)

    Thanks Bob :)

    Cheers Roy. We get quite a few round the lake.

    Marcos, thank you. :)

    Doreen thanks. Couldn’t agree more.

    Thanks ShySongbird. I think you’re right about too much intervention on mans part.

  12. I agree with you Keith; let Mother Nature do her job - she did a good one with the Horror Tree in providing food before bursting into glory! Wonderful pics - especially the Common Blue damselfly and the flutters, and the swans, and.. and..

  13. Stunning shots.
    The Darter and the sunlight on her wings is magnificent. You've done it again.
    Nature does provide incredible eye-candy.

  14. Wonderful collection of photographs. I'm with you about the chemicals. There was no need years ago, why now?

  15. Thanks Tricia, yea the tree has done really well. :)

    Andrea, thank you. :)

    Thanks Valerie. I think the add men did a good job convincing a lot of people they 'need' all the sprays and chemicals.

  16. Keith Ive been neglectful of visiting the blogs I enjoy so much, but today Im catching up! WOW! Thrilling shots you have posted today---Im especially loving the Copper on that large blossom--
    AND I agree we need to allow mother nature a chance to keep the scales balanced!

  17. Thanks Dixxe. Some days there never seems to be enough time to catch up with everything lol