Yeeeh-haaa we've had summer.. well one day... last Sunday, it was mostly sunny and warm (if a little windy) and the nearest we've had to summer in what seems to be a long time...AND NO RAIN!!
I decided to make the most of it and go in search of some butterflies. I went to an area where I've found a good variety of butterflies in previous years, Incombe Hole in Buckinghamshire.
There were a few different species on the wing but nowhere near the amount , in numbers, as I've seen before.
Small Heath, as usual, were settling low down in the grass and making photography rather difficult.
And I'm still trying to get a decent image of a Marbled White!!
Large Skipper...I only saw this one!
|A male...note the dark sex-brands in the centre of the wings.|
And the one species I was hoping to see...Dark Green Fritillary. I found about ten of these nectaring on a large patch of thistles.
The dark green colouring on the underside of the wings gives this butterfly it's name.
And I also saw quite a few Ringlet and one each of Red Admiral and Small White. And rather worrying I didn't see a single 'blue' butterfly all day!
And a video...