Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Broxbourne Wood and Hatfield Aerodrome

On saturday morning went on the local Butterfly Conservation trip to Broxbourne Woods to look for Purple Emperor and at first a no show with just Meadow Brown, Ringlets, Large and  Small Skippers showing with lots of Purple Hairstreaks flying around the oak trees. In the grass discovered a fresh Brown Argus happy to sit in the grass due to the conditions and then a fresh looking Female Silver-washed Fritillary appeared and landed giving good views before flying off for a while before coming back and laying at least 1 egg on a oak tree. Then we a bit of sun we had at least 2 flying Purple Emperor in the trees with one being a female a good result for the morning.

Female Silver-washed Fritillary

Brown Argus in the grass
In the afternoon decided to see what butterflies i could find at Hatfield Aerodrome so walking along the hedgerow near the main road by the garden centre had quite a few Ringlets, Skippers (all 3), Meadow Brown ,Marbled White, a few Gatekeepers and 1 Fresh Small Cooper in the flower section by the new trees. Then walking along the hedge section had 1 White-letter Hairstreak flying high in the elm further along had quite a few Red Admiral and 1 Emperor Dragonfly flying around and quite a few Grashoppers around.

Small copper in daisy field
Meadow grasshopper

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