Friday, 25 October 2013

Marsh Fritillaries plus.

 
A perfect day on the 14th June this year with a trip to Hampshire and Wiltshire looking for Marsh and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries. I took Pete with me as he had never seen the Marsh Fritillary before. The first butterflies we saw were  Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries, these were freshly emerged specimens and very bright compared to the Pearl Bordered Fritillaries that were also flying in the same area.
 
 



With further searching a roosting female Brimstone was found which was in a great position.
 


 
 
We then went onto Wiltshire in search of the main quarry for the day, the scarce Marsh Fritillary. We were fortunate to find several of these and with the weather being quite overcast they were not as active as these butterflies can be.
 





 
 
Whilst we were watching the Marsh Fritillaries we saw a pair of Goshawks displaying over the nearby woodland.
 
On the way home we stopped at a site near Petersfield to see the very rare Sword Leaved Helloborine. An orchid species that neither of us had seen before.

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