We arrived about 10-45am and the sun was already doing its thing after what was possibly a misty start as the ground was still sodden and in the distance it was a little hazy.
Looking in the direction of the rifle range mounds summer flowers like Bay Willow Herb and Ragwort were replaced by vast swathes of Knapweed,Filed Scabious and the beautiful Devil's-bit Scabiuos.
Down the reserve there were large groups of the Devil's bit Scabious which was providing the few Adonis Blue males with the necessary food whereas the odd females were very scittish in the heat and barely settled for a few minutes.
Another surprise was the numbers of Meadow Brown still on the reserve well into the hundreds would be my guess and clearly some knew the weather is not going to last and were busy doing what butterflies do.
Small Tortoiseshells were doing much the same as other butterflies but only about 5 were seen.
There were also male and female Common Blues in low numbers and also male and female Brimstone and Small White although I never attempted to photo these.
I had hoped to find some late moths on the reserve but apart from the hundreds of Silver Y all I found was this moth, which like a great number have fooled me into believing it was a first, although I'm sure its a "Brown" version of a Green Carpet. I'm sure I will be told gently should this not be the case.
The first is a very active moth that was extremely difficult to record that goes by the very obvious name of The Snout-no prizes for guessing that one.
This one I was unable to name and so as many times this year i am grateful for Tim who assures me it is a very variable moth and has the name of Square-spot Rustic.
Also I must thanks Lindsay regarding the two above moths.