Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Wednesday 16th July

Good numbers of butterflies were seen on the wing on the Research Station land, East Malling this afternoon. Prompted by a report of a couple of Small Tortoishells on site from Mike Easterbrook, I went to hunt them down at lunchtime. Sure enough I managed to find a couple of pristine examples. I've now got a double figure count for this species for the year, from all around the county admittedly, but an vast improvement on last years single record! Are they making a comeback??? Other butterflies encountered included 3x Comma, 2x Speckled Wood, 1x Holly Blue, 12x Gatekeepers and numerous ragged looking Meadow Browns and Whites.


Greenie said...

Pristine is most definately the word . Cracking shot . Lets hope that they are on the road to recovery .

Simon said...

You've been taking some fantastic photos lately, Adam. Welldone with seeing the Small Tortoiseshell.

Greenie said...

Adam ,
Missed your request for Dragonfly ID on Sunday 13th.
Wouldn't be 100% sure , but my money would be on immature/female Common Darter .
Can just make out 2 yellow patches on side of thorax through wings .
Also a few yellow stripes on legs .