roaming the wilds of south west Surrey
Nice orchid, but I love Burnets.
They’re gorgeous aren’t they! This is the first time I’ve photographed them and Noar Hill was full of them buzzing about.
I notice that one of the moths is carrying a couple of Trombidium breei red parasitic mites. I’ve seen a lot of them this year, mainly on Marbled White and Gatekeeper butterflies. I believe they are relatively harmless as long as the host isn’t carrying too many.
Yes he is Marc. I’d never seen these mites until I looked closely at the photographs I took that day. My previous post is of a skipper with one that looks like he’s poking a red tongue out at me! 😀 I caught the flash of red on a couple of marbled whites at well; they seemed to be very widespread there.
Hadn’t noticed it on the skipper. See what you mean though. I think the mites are probably found on anything that rests in grass.
I guess a place with so many butterflies is going to be a bit of a mite mecca!
Beautifully captured! What vibrant little creatures.
Thank you Gracie, glad you like it!
Beautiful little creatures!
They’re lovely, aren’t they. 🙂
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