Posts Tagged ‘insects

03
Aug
11

215/2011 glitter



215/2011 glitter, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

When the sunlight catches the wings of a dragonfly from the right angle, they reflect a magical, colourful, metallic glitter. I’ve been chasing after this sight for days, and today finally managed to capture a glimpse of it.

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02
Aug
11

214/2011 busy afternoon in the garden

A beautiful hot afternoon created quite a commotion in our little garden. The buzz and flutter that went on in the trees, bushes and around plants was amazing. I spent hours trying to catch some close-ups of the beautiful visitors.

These butterflies are maybe the most common around here. In Finnish we call them “stinging nettle butterflies” but I found out that in English they are called “small tortoiseshells” (I wonder why?). The Finnish name is quite logical since the larvae feed on stinging nettles. These colourful creatures seem to love our mint flowers. This photo revealed to me how transluscent their wings are, and how their antennae almost look wiry close up! I was also totally unaware how hairy they are in the middle!

I started wondering how much primary school teachers or biology teachers make use of all modern technology to get students into hands-on nature observation.

31
Jul
11

212/2011 dragonfly



212/2011 dragonfly, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It seems to be the season for many flying insects. A few days ago, the flying ants left their nests in their millions, and the air was absolutely black with them. Now it’s the dragonflies that land in different places in our garden. In the hope of catching a better close-up of their magnificently shiny wings, this was the best I could manage today.




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