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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Hutchinsons Bank Butterfly Conservation Walk

We started off in dull weather with a large party of about 15 people, along the cutting were a few photographers looking for the Glanville Fritillary, 5 had been sunning themselves on the sunny side of the cutting, when the sun went in, so were closed winged at rest, after people had photographed them, we walked to Chapel Bank, with little butterfly interest on the way, only a couple of Dingy Skippers. At the entrance to Chapel Bank i checked the Elm Tree, and found 2 larvae of the White Letter Hairstreak, a first for most on the walk including the leader.

The sun came out for half an hour as we lunched at Chapel Bank, Green Hairstreak and Dingy Skipper were seen. We got wet walking back to Hutchinsons Bank, but as the others went home, i noticed a large patch of Blue Sky and waited in the cutting, and 3 Glanvilles were soon open winged and flying in the warmth.

A Small Copper has also been hanging around in the scrapes, and was seen again.

1 comment:

Greenie said...

Martin ,
Very well done spotting the WLH larvae , not easy .