flounces, the female flowers, future cones of the terrace spruce.
spruce (épinette de Serbie).
flowers sprout only at the top of the tree. Young cones are erect at
beginning and then droop.
The male flowers, yellow cylinders, push at the lower levels and appear on the branches of precedent years.
Size 2-3cm. The two photos of the same cones where taken a week apart (1 and 7 May).
[Chiasmia clathrata, Semiothisa clathrata - Geometridae Ennominae -]
(Géomètre à barreaux, Réseau)
White wings or more or less yellow, crossed by dark lines.
It is a diurnal moth.
This moth flies in May, June and August September. It overwinters as pupae in the soil.
This one, battered by the wind leaned at right and left in the grass as a tightrope walker, keeping its wings half open.
The Small Copper.
[Lycaena phlaeas - Lycaenidae Lycaeninae -]
(Cuivré commun, Bronzé)
Wings orange with red spots. Hind wings brown with tiny pale blue spots.
It flies from mid-April to late October.
This one was warming up in the sun, slowly closing and opening the wings.
Small Common Coot mid-April grew up. Their red duvet has almost disappeared. They are fed approximately four weeks by the parents and they will wait another month to fly.
Longhorn moth. [Adela reaumurella - Adelidae adelinae-]
Long, long antennae, for this tiny butterfly. It is the male who has these long clear antennae (more than four times its body length), those of the female are shorter.
Hard to fit in the photo the disproportionate antennas of this male.
They dance in a swarm on the sun around the bushes to find a soul mate.
[Cynthia cardui or Nymphalidae Vanessa cardui-nymphalinae-) (Vanesse du chardon ou Belle dame.)
more than a month, they flutter everywhere (on Internet sites too!)
France (millions?) coming up from the South (North Africa, especially
to the north of Europe.
is a migratory butterfly. It will lay in the north, but it will not see
the sun of the South. It is its offspring which will go back to the
migration of this year is particularly exceptional.
It is a wonderful spectacle to see for hours; these butterflies fly at full speed in small groups of 2-4, in the same direction (west / northwest to those ones).
continue their flight, regardless of obstacles, pass nearby and coming
sides. It's impressive to see them, all in the same direction at high
Few stop, they think only to fly to their goal.
one may be exhausted, landed in the rocks and stayed there a long time.
alighted where the heat is greatest, to regain his strength. It has
struggled to resume its flight, trying to take off several times and
heat. Finally he managed to resume its course, immediately aiming
the same direction as the others.
stop to sip nectar, which they take quickly, almost on the sly, before
their flight. We have to take the picture quickly. Some have wings in
In the evening, they will stop in a tree in a garden to fly in the morning.