Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Butterfly heaven at Tyttenhanger

After working on sunday morning decided to have a wander around Tyttenhanger seen if anything intresting was around, on the bird front the hightlight was seeing a kingfisher speeding away along the river colne and then further along at the top end of the pit. Also around were one Redshank on the spit and lots of Common Terns fishing over the pits.

On the insect front had a White-letter Hairsteak feeding on a Ragwort along the river Colne which was there feeding happily for least half an hour and was still there when i left. By the hides there were lots of Red Admiral and Comma buzzing around mainly feeding on the Buddleia along with the Gatekeepers, Large Whites and Meadow Browns and 2 Holly Blues. Along the pit stretch by the farm had Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker and a female Emperor Dragonfly laying eggs. Other insects of note by the farm was a Purple Hiatstreak, Common Blues, Ringlets, Specked Wood Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small Heath a very good insect count.

White-letter Hairsteak feeding

White-letter Hairsteak showing wing pattern

White-letter Hairsteak in the depths of the Ragwort

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