Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Dark Green Fritillaries

Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja
Another cloudy, dry morning so I went to Cissbury Ring again to hunt for the Dark Green Fritillaries. It was windy and I saw around 12, but each time one rose nearby, it went with the wind and was soon 50 yards away. In spite of this I managed to get a shots of a few of them. At one point I nearly trod on a fat brown female adder curled up on the grass. We looked at each other and as I got a camera ready it slithered off into the long grass - a lovely encounter. A lark sang loudly above. The were hundreds of Meadow Browns and dozens of Small Heaths plus an old Common Blue and Small Copper.
worn Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
worn Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja
Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja

Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis
Five-Spot Burnet, Zygaena trifolii

Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Bramble, Rubus fruticosus
Cinnabar moth caterpillar, Tyria jacobaea
Red Poppy, Papaver rhoeas
bank of Rock Rose
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
White Bryony, Bryonia dioica
Wild Mignonette, Reseda lutea
Wild Thyme, Thymus serpyllum
Wood Sage, Teucrium scorodonia

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