Yesterday I visited Rewell Wood twice. Firstly at 9am to catch the Pearl-bordered Fritillary with open wings, then at to find them roosting.
There was a strong breeze blowing in the morning and I visited a glade which has been good the past two years. However, it was overgrown and I didn’t see any PBFs. On the way back along the track I found plenty of PBFs nectaring on Bugle which gave me excellent open wing shots. This provided better backgrounds than the open area I had been visiting previously where they landed on dead bracken which is a very messy background. Two PBFs had rather different markings to normal and are aberrants. One is a known aberrant that is shown on UK Butterflies site. I also found other interesting insects and a lizard which scuttled across the path.
I found a few insects on the leaves:
In the evening I found five PBFs roosting on one buddleia, three on one dead flower:-
moth, possibly Adela reaumurella
Hawthorn Shield Bug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
Wasp Beetle Clytus arietus
dark aberrant form of Pearl-bordered Fritillary
aberrant form of Pearl-bordered Fritillary (ab.transversa)
Fluttering around each other