The site was pretty well empty apart from Dave who works for a wildlife holidays company and another seeking his first ever Brown Hairstreak. Initially nothing happened for some time but it was just enjoyable talking butterflies and moths with someone who has that same love of these beautiful insects.
After a while I decided i needed to walk about as the legs were seizing up but just after leaving a shout from Dave told me he had found one,a male feeding avidly on Hemp Agrimony just out of reach most of the time.
We managed some record shots before the butterfly vanished into a Field Maple tree at which time the gentleman who had never seen one turned up,typical. After a short while I looked at the Hemp Agrimony in the triangle and it was with great pleasure I was able to break his duck before this brighter second butterfly vanished into the Ash Trees.
Soon after the excitement the clouds rolled in and I made it into the direction of home,tired,thirsty and hungry.Aah!!
Butterflies seen on site were Dark Green Fritillary(F),Silver-washed Fritillary (M & F) Holly Blue,Peacock,Red Admiral,Meadow Brown,Gatekeeper(all looking like Brown Hairstreaks)Common Blue(M&F)Brimstone,Large and Small White.
I just took a couple of shots between Brown Hairstreaks.
The list is as follows :-
Swallow Prominent 1, Lesser Swallow Prominent 1, Grey Pine Carpet 1, Marbled Beauty 2, Light Brown Apple Moth 2, Yellow Shell 1, Shuttle-shaped Dart 2, Common Footman 1, Mother of Pearl 1, Phycita roborella 1, Euzophera pinguis 1, Scalloped Oak 2, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3, Large Yellow Underwing 9, Pyrausta aurata 7 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 Double-striped Pug 1 Peppered Moth 2 Common Rustic 3, Dark Arches 1, Flounced Rustic 1, Tachystola acroxantha 1, Celypha striana 1, Yellow-tail 1, Sallow Kitten 1, Yellow Shell 1, Riband Wave 1, Maiden's blush 1, Ear Moth 1.
No photos I'm afraid as I think the weekend excitement has finally caught up!!!I think the expression is "I'm pooped".