I visited Rowland Wood today, where Butterfly Conservation have purchased additional woodland to increase the habitaT for the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. We were working there over the winter to create more open space for the SPBFs. There was sufficient sun today for Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries to show themselves and I counted 16 in two hours. They settled for no more than ten seconds. One unfortunate fresh specimen was killed by a Crab spider. A Cream-spot Tiger moth and a Grizzled Skipper aberrant (ab. Taras) were a bonus and there were plenty of Speckled Yellow moths that didn’t settle for long.
Grizzled Skipper aberrant (ab.
Speckled Yellow moth
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries
Crab Spider Misumena vatia
Crab Spider has killed this SPBF. There is a white spot on the SPBF.
Tormentil Potentilla erecta
Ant business (under roofing felt)