Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Silver-spotted Skippers.

Since finding the first Sussex Silver-spotted Skipper on the patch just over a week ago numbers have been building up nicely of this delightful little beauty. I have been out a few times trying to capture some photos of them. I have had mixed success over the years with some individuals quite happy to have their picture taken. Most though act like an exocet missile flying off so fast that only a younger eyesight would stand a chance of seeing where it went. However, after time spent amongst them I have now managed to get a few shots of them. 



Female Silver-spotted Skipper on Lesser Hawkbit.



Male Silver-spotted Skipper.



Male Silver-spotted Skipper.

Whilst hunting these little gems I have managed to find 3 more Small Coppers nearby. 2 were next to each other with another seen nearby. My year count of these tripled in just 2 days!!



Male Small Copper on Agrimony.

I was also lucky to spot a pair of Thyme Plume Moths mating recently. This is a rare moth in Sussex, although it can be quite numerous in an area of the patch. It is one of the very small Plumes.



Mating Thyme Plume Moths.

I also came across a mating pair of Chalkhill Blues yesterday whilst I was looking for the Skippers. With the sun out the male was multi-tasking by trying to sun himself whilst keeping his lady satisfied!!



Mating Chalkhill Blues.






4 comments:

  1. Hello. True stunning photography. Beautiful butterflies.

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  2. Your images of butterflies are as beautiful as ever. Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. A very photogenic butterfly. Excellent shots as ever Bob.

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  4. Awesome work Bob, are there any butterflies you don't get on your patch?! :)

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