Butterflies, Moths and Assorted Insects...

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
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Isle of Wight
Hi Folks.
Not exactly the most beautiful creature or the best shot, but what an incredible creature!
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I was wandering around Alverstone Mead (where I volunteer) behind a “walk behind” flail mower cutting access paths for maintenance parties when I spotted his huge thing hop out in front of the mower, I caught it and released it away from the path of the mower, it hopped straight back in front so I recaptured it and as it seemed reluctant to leave I thought I would get a couple of photos, then I relocated him well behind the mower!
I knew they could fly, but I had no idea just how poor flyers they are, a bit like a helicopter with engine failure, it’s going down and soon! :ROFLMAO:
I also had a Water Vole run from in front of the mower, but too quick for getting a shot! :(

Cheers, Graham.
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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Hi Folks.
Not exactly the most beautiful creature or the best shot, but what an incredible creature! View attachment 186432View attachment 186433View attachment 186434
I was wandering around Alverstone Mead (where I volunteer) behind a “walk behind” flail mower cutting access paths for maintenance parties when I spotted his huge thing hop out in front of the mower, I caught it and released it away from the path of the mower, it hopped straight back in front so I recaptured it and as it seemed reluctant to leave I thought I would get a couple of photos, then I relocated him well behind the mower!
I knew they could fly, but I had no idea just how poor flyers they are, a bit like a helicopter with engine failure, it’s going down and soon! :ROFLMAO:
I also had a Water Vole run from in front of the mower, but too quick for getting a shot! :(

Cheers, Graham.
I was wondering why did you handle grasshopper with gloves - till the explanation below:)! Nice shots.
 

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
4,269
215
52
Isle of Wight
Hi ISv.
Thanks for the comment, I only handled it with gloves for the practicality of not taking off gloves, though I had to take one off to use my phone for the pics anyway.
Someone else I showed the shot to said it was just as well I kept my gloves on as these can give a fair bite, not sure I want to find out but I am always careful not to harm or antagonise a critter so that it won’t feel threatened and feel the need to be vicious! Anyway, could it be any worse than a goose (pet!) having hold of your hand, and I’m bloody certain it wouldn’t come close to the misery a horse fly causes!

Cheers, Graham.

I was wondering why did you handle grasshopper with gloves - till the explanation below:)! Nice shots.