Saturday, 28 May 2016

Spring Butterflies in Bentley wood

Been meaning to go down to Bentley Woods for many years so with with a week off this week headed down on monday. What you notice when you get out the car is the wood full of birdsong with Willow Warblers all around. Had a nice walk around the main woods where there a few of the commoner Butterflies on the wing with good numbers of the darker form of the Specked Wood,Orange Tip, Brimstones and Speckled Yellow Moths. On the edge of the woods found my first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year.

Broad-bodied Chaser
Then walked into the main heather where I came across a few Pearl-bordered Fritillaries at least 7 but could have easily been more. Lucky enough with the cloud that one allowed me some close views allowing me to see the fine detail of it.

Resting Pearl-bordered Fritillary





As I was walking back to to car came across a nice pair of Marsh Fritillaries which were mating in the same field.

Mating Marsh Fritillaries


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