Thursday, 10 July 2014

S-W Fritillary in the Warren.

Today there were some good sunny spells and after parking beside the Hatford to the 420 lane, I walked about quarter of a mile and entered the Warren from its eastern approaches. It soon became obvious that many Butterflies were on the wing including Large & Small Skipper, many Gatekeepers, Ringlets , just one Peacock, a lot of Meadow Browns, Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White and the target of my main interest today some twenty Silver-Washed Fritillary. These large and beautiful, mainly orange and black Butterflies, were almost constantly on the move as they danced and fluttered from up in the trees to the ride-side bramble bush that had attracted many dozens of most of the species already mentioned as they vied for position to engage in nectaring. The S-W Fritillary's were very lively making it difficult to get a decent snap.
Also seen were two Ravens and one Jay.
The Oxon Feather.
                                          Silver-Washed Fritillary
                                          Large Skipper
                                         Gatekeeper with Ringlet

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