Sunday, 5 June 2011

Butterflies in the sun

Spent an enjoyable morning out in Radnage in the sun with plenty of butterflies and apossible sighting of a Purple Hairstreak too fast too know for sure. I had good sightings of my target butterfly the Adonis Blue with at least 5 different specimens flying around the hill behind St. Marys Church and  showing well the sky blue colouring of the species. Around the meadows very big numbers of Small Blues and small numbers of Brown Argus and Dingy Skipper and for the first time this year large numbers of the common summer butterflies with Large Skippers and Meadow Browns around the meadows.

In the afternoon headed to Aldbury Nowers where i got my first sighting of Small Blue in Hertfordshire in the first field nice to see a species increasing range. Then walked around the rest of the reserve where had 4 fresh Brimstones, 1 late Green Hairstreak, 2 Large White,3 Green-veined White and at least 20 Common Blues , 15 Brown Argus and 40 Small Heath with small numbers of Meadow Brown and Large Skipper.

Meadow Brown

Large Skipper

Adonis Blue

Green Hairstreak
Small Blue

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