Rarely have I seen so many fantastic specimens in one place. As I was really struggling to narrow the pics down to one or two, I gave up trying and instead decided to post the lot and then you can chose your favourites :-)
Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did.....
|A pair of Large Skips feasting on Knapweed|
|Mrs Brimstone sunbathing on a bramble leaf|
|Mr Chalkhill Blue eyeing me up|
|Sitting Proudly on his stone|
|Feeding on Marjoram|
|Mr CHB again showing us his underwings|
|And again... on wild marjoram this time|
|Dark Green Frit|
|Dark Green Frit on knapweed (see the green tinge to the underwing by the white spots? This helps distinguish it from other fritillaries)|
|Grass Emerald Moth (I think- very faded). Not seen one of these before :-)|
|Meadow Brown (diagnostic black spots on underwing mark it apart from the Gatekeeper and Small Heath)|
|Male Brown Argus (the orange markings on the upper wing go all the way to the top in the female). These flutters are very similar to the female common blue, except the argus is smaller.|
|Marbled White underwing|
|Shaded Broad Bar moth|
|Small Tortoiseshell, nectaring on scabious on top of wild carrot :-)|
|Small Heath (no dots, white or black on the underwing, plus it is absolutely tiny so there is no danger of mistaking it for a Meadow Brown or a Gatekeeper in the flesh)|
|Small Copper enjoying some wild marjoram|
And now (drum roll please.......), hold your breath for the Breath-Taking Common Blues (who must have been Freshly Hatched, they were the most perfect I have ever seen)...
I don't think there's much left to say after those magnificent butterflies have had their moment, so I'll leave you with a beautiful Yellow Hammer who was singing his heart out in the scrub, and a Skylark who was doing likewise, wish you all a peaceful evening and warn you to expect further flutter pics later this week as I've got two transects to do in the next fortnight......
Have a good evening all,