Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Loads of Activity on the Horsefield

 I stood in the shelter of the hedge with the sun beating down on me and sweltered.  Although I only covered 2.5 miles this morning it was enough in the intense head.  I had been keen to check out the Horsefield today in good weather and it was worth it.  Certainly the best day of the summer so far.  The winner of the numbers game was the small white; nearly too many to could.  There was a myriad of other butterflies on the wing as well though, including large numbers of ringlet, meadow brown and small skipper with a smattering of other species.  I kept checking the small skippers in hopes of one being an essex but on examining the images I don't think so but it is necessary to be able to see the underside of the antenna club to differentiate; orange in small black in essex as though it has been dipped in black ink.

  • Small White 61
  • Ringlet 29
  • Snall skipper 36
  • Small tortoiseshell 5
  • Meadow Brown 41
  • Six spot burnett moth 9
  • Broad band moth 2
  • Small Heathe 2
  • Green-veined white 8
Common centaury

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Nature reclaiming a burnt out car
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Green-veined white
Meadow Brown
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper.  Copulating pair
Small Tortoiseshell
Small White
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper

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