Saturday, August 26, 2006

Camberwell Beauty

It's been an invasion year for this species with several sightings mainly down the UK east coast. Fortunately one has been hanging around buddleia bushes at the RSPB reserve at Pulbrough.

Today (25th August) I visited this site from 10 o'clock but no sign during the warm and sunny morning. Quite a few Red Admirals, a couple of Painted Ladys and Hummingbird Hawkmoths, Peacock, Comma and even a Brown Argus. I went away for lunch and on my return there it was feeding on the Buddleia. Excellent view but no pictures as my battery had run flat. Another excellent UK tick.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Silver-spotted Skippers

I took a morning visit to Old Winchester Hill today in the hope of seeing Silver-spotted Skippers. It was mainly cloudy at first with a cool breeze but some sunny spells started to appear. As I walked along the top path and out onto the hill most of the butterflies were still inactive but no skippers. I decided to walk down to the bottom of the hill where it was more sheltered and warmer. Immediately the skippers showed in small numbers and I was able to take some photos as they were still quite posy.

Photographs of Silver-spotted Skippers


Some of the butterflies seen:

Painted Lady - 24
Red Admiral - 18
Silver-spotted Skipper - 8
Dark Green Fritillary - 4
Clouded Yellow- 2
Chalk-hill Blue - 1000s once the sun came out

Also a Hummingbird Hawkmoth