Tiny sunbathers

This week’s photo challenge is tiny or miniature.  I have chosen two photos of tiny creatures enjoying the autumn sunshine.

I  published a post about butterflies in September.

During the half term holiday at the end of October there were some mild sunny days.  I managed to snap a red admiral butterfly and a small beetle, which we call a ladybird here in the UK.  It had just landed and  its wing cases are not fully closed.

Ladybird
Ladybird
Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly

Butterflies

As a change from flowers and places of interest I have decided to share a few photos of butterflies taken in recent weeks.  One is a speckled wood in woodland at Acorn Bank.  The others were taken closer to home.  A wall butterfly on a wall, which has featured in at least one other post – the wall, not the butterfly!

Others near a similar wall were a painted lady and a small tortoiseshell.

I have also seen red admiral butterflies and at least one peacock butterfly as well as the usual white butterflies.

Flowers in the sunshine

On Wednesday we enjoyed a rare summery day.  A cliff top walk with a friend included colourful butterflies and wild flowers.  White and pink clover smelled sweet. Vetches, a second flush of flowers on thrift (sea pinks), tiny thyme flowers in deep purple, yellow relatives of dandelion, pineapple mayweed and fluffy meadowsweet are the ones I remember noticing.

My friend and I saw a small tortoiseshell butterfly, several brown ones and a stubborn one with folded wings, which refused to show us its true colours.  I had already seen a red admiral on my way to meet her.

A perfect white rose
A perfect white rose

In the evening the sunshine tempted me outside to snap a bloom on our white rose.  Pity about the shadow!  Then I noticed an illuminated poppy flower.

Poppy
Poppy