Monday, 9 July 2012

Southwater Woods

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina

On Saturday I spent all day at a SusSAR search for a missing person in Wild Wood, Brighton. I saw a few Marbled Whites in the fringing flower meadow. 
On Sunday morning I took the opportunity of a dry spell to do my weekly butterfly transect at Mill Hill.  I counted 2 Marbled Whites and 5 Small Heaths. I then joined Nick and Laura for their BBQ and photographed their cat and Tiger Lily.
This morning I looked for butterflies at Southwater Wood and saw Marbled whites, Ringlets and Meadow Browns. There I met David and his wife who earlier had seen White Admirals and Silver-washed Fritillaries during a brief blue sky period. One of the White Admirals was a third of the normal size.

Tiger Lily
Common Centaury, Centaurium erythraea
Elm by the flower meadow, perhaps there are White-letter Hairstreaks around
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea
Marbled White hunkered down in the grass

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Musk Mallow, Malva moschata
Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis at Mill Hill 

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