Welcome to Our Naturist Wildlife page

This page is all about the wildlife and plants at our club, we have a lot of members who are keen photographers and are very lucky that we have some beautiful wildlife here at our club, its a chance for them to share images and information on things they have found here.

Gatekeeper Butterfly Mutant (Pyronia tithonus ab. albinotica)

Gatekeeper Butterfly Mutant (Pyronia tithonus ab. albinotica)

This astonishing insect turned up at Invicta Sun Club on August 28th last year. It was one of the only two gatekeepers I saw in flight there that day and I don’t expect ever to see another. It seems to fit the description of ab. albinotica. Some people have suggested it is a temperature mutant but it reminds me more of the melanin mutations I used to work on in mice such as albino and chinchilla. I know nothing about butterfly pigments and should be grateful for information.

 

After it was photographed we released the butterfly and it was still flying around the club the following day.

By Jim

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Gatekeeper Butterfly Mutant

Gatekeeper Butterfly Mutant (Pyronia tithonus ab. albinotica)
Gatekeeper Butterfly Mutant (Pyronia tithonus ab. albinotica)

Gatekeeper Butterfly Normal

BN article Autum 2016

Jim and David are extremely enthusiastic about promoting awareness of wildlife throughout naturism and are working hard to encourage clubs to work together to conserve nature in Britain. To see an article Jim and David had published in the August 2016 edition of BN please click the link below.

By Jim & Dave

Bloody-Nosed Beetle

Our very own bug expert Jim discovered this little guy crawling past the barbecue on 12th March. He said he had read about bloody-nosed beatles when he was 12 years old but had never actually seen one. It's greenish sheen makes it more spectacular in real life than pictures in the books. It's spits red stuff when upset and when Jim showed it to Lynn she thought it had bitten him because of the red stuff this little beetle had spit onto his hand.

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Bloody-Nosed Beetle
Bloody-Nosed Beetle

By Jim

Images of  Various Insects 

Click on the image below to view various images of just a few of the insects we have at Invicta Sun Club, Steve took these a while ago using a Canon Macro EF 100mm lens

By Steve

Badgers Images

We are often visited by Badgers at the club, here are some images that one of our members Babs caught of some badgers visiting her chalet

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By Babs

Various Images from the Club

Here are some images that one of our many keen photographers at the club has taken, Babs took these of various insects wildlife and plants at our lovely club

By Babs

Flower Images from the Club

We have some lovely flowers at our club over the year, here are a few images that were taken at the club over the year by Steve

By Steve

A Robin 

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By Steve

Squirrel

You often see Squirrels running about at the club

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By Steve

The Ivy

There is a long approach to Invicta marked by an ivy hedge. It flowers in the autumn after nearly everything else is finished and provides a welcome late feed for insects before winter. I spent half an hour photographing these about mid-day in early October last year. By far the most common are Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae), a species which has only been known on mainland Britain since 2001. However, we also had three butterflies – Red Admirals and a Comma feeding up before their winter hibernation and a female Small White Butterfly, having a last feed before it set off to find someone’s cabbages. There were at least two hoverflies – the Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and a rat-tailed maggot fly (Eristalis tenax). My friend Phil also identified a spectacular relative of the housefly (Muscidae) - Mesembrina meridiana. Even with better pictures I doubt if he’d have had much luck with the others – Bluebottles (Calliphora), Greenbottles (Lucilia) or Flesh Flies (Sarcophidae) and the picture for one insect we wasn’t good enough to work out anything. I’ll have to try harder next year. Also in the hedge was a Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata), checking what other edible insects were there, and a fruiting Spindle Tree (Euonymus).

By Jim

Fox

This young Fox has been see all over the club a lot lately, one of our members snapped this while they were at the club the other day

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By Dave

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