Sunday, July 16, 2006

A visit to Martin Down

This morning I visited Martin Down, north section and Kitts wood. Good number of butterflies out especially in Kitts wood.

Sightings included:

Small Copper - 2
Dark Green Fritillary - 95
Small Blue - 9
Small Heath - 9
Small Tortoiseshell - 6
Peacock - 3
Comma - 3
Painted Lady - 8
Red Admiral - 17
Silver-washed Fritillary - 96 including 3 f. valesina (see photo below)
Brimstone - 23
White Admiral - 11
Clouded Yellow - 1

Day flying moths included

Scarlet Tiger - 14
Silver Y - many

Photographs of some of todays butterflies:

Silver-washed Fritillary f. valesina

White Admiral

Back end of a Scarlet Tiger moth

Small Blue

1 of 2 Corn Buntings seen in the area.