|Wood White with freshly laid egg on Meadow Vetchling|
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Yesterday Mark Colvin showed me round Hog Wood by Oaken Wood near Botany Bay. The humidity was 37% and temperature 30°C. We didn’t see large numbers of butterflies but we did find 14 species: 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 3 White Admirals, 2 Marbles Whites, Large Skippers, Speckled Woods, Ringlets,Small Heaths, Meadow Browns, 6 Woods Whites, a Small Skipper, a male Brimstone and 2 Red Admirals, including one imbibing salts from poo! Mark also saw a Comma and Common Blue. A young frog and a brown female adder also showed up. The highlight for me was witnessing a Wood White laying an egg on vetch by the Tugley Wood main path.
|Wood White laying the egg on Meadow Vetchling|
|juvenile Common Frog, Rana temporaria|
|Common Frog, Rana temporaria|
|Heath Bedstraw, Galium saxatil|
|Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium|
|Marbled White, Melanargia galathea|
I tried for a side shot, but he turned round to face me!
|Mark photographing Red Admiral imbibing salts from poo!|
|Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris|
|Spotted Longhorn beetle, Rutpela maculata on Wild Rose|