Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A Pearl of a Day.

It is still a very slow start to the butterfly year. A local stroll yesterday only produced a mating pair of Dingy Skippers and a couple of Green Hairstreaks.



Mating Dingy Skippers.



Mating completed they drift apart. Female on the left.

Today it was a visit to the river to make sure of seeing my first Large Red Damselflies of the year. As soon as I arrived I saw my first one but it was a little while later before I came across more. In the end around 6 were seen.



Large Red Damselfly.


 Following this I went to Abbotts Wood for the Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. As well as an amazing display of Bluebells this year it was also brilliant to hear Nightingales in full voice. I did try for a picture of one. Although it is my best (and worst) photo of a Nightingale I have a way to go to get one worth keeping!!


An 'atmospheric' Nightingale.

It was however, the Pearl-bordered Fritillaries that stole the show with around 12 seen including a female that was a little less active than all the brightly coloured males.



Female Pearl-bordered Fritillary.



Female Pearl-bordered Fritillary.



4 comments:

  1. Hi. You are taken by stunning photography. Greetings.

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  2. Lovely post and shots Bob. Those Pearls certainly are good lookers.

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  3. Fritallaries are not found mch round here, damn them! We have Dingy skippers though. Saw my first holly blue yesterday.

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  4. Wow, you seem to be doing very well so far this year! I have never seen either a dingy skipper or pearl bordered fritillary. So far I am only up to six species here, but the weather has got to improve soon, surely!

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