Sunday, 15 June 2014

More Butterflies

Orcombe Point - 0600 - 18+ sandwich tern, 2 common tern, 60+ black-headed gull, 8+ common scoter, 10+ manx shearwater, 3 fs mediterranean gull, 1 great northern diver (east), and a late singing reed warbler. Off the Imperial ground was 1 fs mediterranean gull, 3 fs common gull and 2 great crested grebe. A brief spell in the garden produced a juvenile robin, 1 great spotted woodpecker and 1+ siskin west.

green hairstreak

A mid-morning dog walk with the family, on the Commons, was good for butterflies and moths. July/Lead Belle moths were everywhere and as always in June I easily managed to find the scarce small grass emerald moth which is a heathland specialist. Highlight though was three silver-studded blue butterflies - an absolutely sensational little insect. With more time I'm sure I could have got better shots but butterfly photography is hard when your family has no interest in wildlife. They were remarkably patient but I couldn't keep them hanging around for too long and butterflies are never particularly cooperative. The small pearl-bordered fritillaries in particular were constantly on the move.

silver-studded blue

small pearl-bordered fritillary

small grass emerald

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