Thursday, 26 March 2020

Brimstones, Peacocks, a Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell

Comma, Polygonia c-album
Yesterday I walked in a local woodland and saw 3 butterfly species: 21 Brimstones - 20 males and one female which put on a wonderful aerial display with a lucky male. Also 6 Peacocks and a Comma. A buzzard soared overhead, a woodpecker drummed away and  a lizard and a 7-spot ladybird crossed the path. I passed 2 pairs of dog walkers and we dutifully kept to opposite sides of the wide path. It was lovely to be out in the countryside in wonderful weather after the last month of rain, rain and more rain. 
  Last Sunday I saw my first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell.

7-spot Ladybird, Propylea 7-punctata

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
Brimstone nectaring on Primrose

Peacock, Inachis io

Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae

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