Redgrave and Lopham Fen – Great Fen Trail part2

Hopefully you’re here because you’ve read our Redgrave and Lopham Fen – Great Fen Trail part 1 article. If not, you may prefer to read that article first as it will help put this one in to context.

This article is mainly pictures of some insects we saw along the trail. With a bit of patience (extra needed when the kids are running around) and a steady hand I managed to capture some decent photos, particularly of butterflies. If I didn’t have to keep catching up with my family, who seemed unaware I had stopped to be artsy or test the limits of the zoom on the old point-n-shoot.


Anyway, without further a do, here we go. You might need some sunglasses for these bobby-dazzlers!


We’ll kick off with butterflies. In a word, wow! I’ve never seen so many butterflies in one day. And such variety. If you’ve ever tried to photograph these fluttery fellows you’ll know it’s not easy. The slightest move and the’re off. So I was quite pleased with these photos.  I did manage to photograph a couple of other varieties but unfortunately the photos weren’t as good as I had hoped.


Now, I’m not too familiar with the various butterfly varieties, so hopefully I’ve correctly identified these. The one below I think may be a comma butterfly.

Great Fen Trail butterfly1

Neext up is a Small White butterfly.

A stunning peacock butterfly.

Peacock Butterfly

There was plenty of ringlet butterfles darting around. Capturing them on film was hard, but luckily this one liked  wild thistles.

These bees liked the flowering thistles too!

And ladybirds like it too!

Great Fen Trail - Ladybird

Here’s a couple of pictures of just wild flowers just to mix things up a little for you. Don’t worry, more insects on the way.

Great Fen Trail

Not sure, but this little fella might be a rose chafer (a type of beetle). If you think otherwise get in touch.

Shiney green bug

I can’t believe I managed to photograph this little grasshopper. As you walk along the grassy paths through the fen you can hear their chirping. I’ve tried to patiently spot them in the undergrowth before but have not been able to spot them. On the few occasions I have seen them I didn’t have a camera on me. So, it was really pleasing to get this picture.

Finally, let’s finish on an action shot. There’s plenty going on here, and I was pleasantly surprised that a couple of flying insects hovered in to view when I was taking this picture of the bugs on the hogweed. If you click on this photo you’ll be able to see a larger image.

My pollen brings all the bugs to the fen

I was really hopeful of being able to photograph some birds too, but our walk around the fen was fairly brisk (got to keep up with the kids!), and it often requires patience to observe and photograph birds. I suspect I would need some serious photographic kit too, so I’ll stick to what I can get with point-and-shoot for now!

Did you enjoy this? There’s more!

Hopefully you have enjoyed these photos taken at Redgrave and Lopham Fen. They were taken on the Great Fen Trail. If you haven’t already, please read part one of this article. Part one includes information about the walk, including distance, duration, facilities, plus details on the suitability of the walk for dogs and wheelchairs.


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