Monday, 25 June 2012

Ringlets and a Marbled White

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
This morning after Sue's hospital visit to Southlands we called in at Mill Hill to do my weekly butterfly transect. Conditions were perfect, little wind, 90% sun but not too many butterflies: 2 Meadow Browns, 17 Small Heaths and a Marbled White, my first of the year. After lunch I visited Rewell Wood and saw one female Silver-washed Fritillary nectaring on the Marsh Thistle. I saw many Ringlets, again a first for the year, Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and a pristine Red Admiral. Also a new moth for me, the Brown Silver-line. I disturbed several Roe Deer and a large deer dashed across the path though too fast to get the camera on it.
Mill Hill:
Dropwort, Filipendula vulgaris

Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis
Red Poppy, Papaver rhoeas
Rewell Wood:
Brown Silver-line, Petrophora chlorosata
Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa
Agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria
Large Skipper, Ochlodes faunus
Red Clover, Trifolium Pratense
Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus showing the spots on the upper wing
        Tutsan, Hypericum androsaemum 
10cm long juvenile Slow-worm, Anguis fragilis
adult Slow-worm, Anguis fragilis
I found 2 slow-worms and a common lizard under one mat


  1. Hi. I've been looking for a picture of a slow-worm to use in my blog. Is it ok to use your photograph of the adult slow-worm?

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Mike, yes, provided it carries my words at the bottom left hand corner of the image. thanks, Colin


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