Having thoroughly enjoyed our lunch we decided to head into Stockbridge and eventually end up at the Down where it runs parallel with the road coming back towards Stockbridge.
I had bought two Clearwing pheromones with me,the first not being any good but the Six-belted Clearwing pheromone picked up a male in 30 secs which I thought was amazing. I didnt get any photos even though he came back four times but the pleasure of seeing the moth was great and besides "there is always tomorrow" as they say.
The down was alive with butterflies the most common this time of the year being the Chalk-hill Blue which must be in thousands and a truly amazing sight that everybody should see.Where you have horses you will always have a group of males taking salts I believe but my preference would be to use Saxa.
Butterflies seen but not photographed included Silver-washed Fritillary,Small Whate,Green-veined White,Marbled White,Large White,Gatekeeper,Dark Green Fritillary & the Skippers.
Here are a few that I did although I must say the Clearwing was the reason for going.