Thursday, 11 July 2013

In search of the Emperor

Purple Emperor, Apatura iris
Yesterday I met Nigel at Southwater Woods where we spent a couple of hours enjoying the White Admirals that have emerged en masse during the past few days. There were also Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Meadow Browns and Silver-washed Fritillaries. Due to the high temperature they were all busy either searching for females or nectaring and did not stay long enough in one place for photos. We met Paul who showed us a photo of a Purple Emperor he took in Chiddingfold  Forest on Tuesday so we headed to Chiddingfold. As soon as we neared the Purple Emperor triangle, we saw Neil, Mark and Peter hovering over a perfect PE and were able to photograph this beautiful butterfly. We spotted three others later fighting above the tree canopy and diving into the  Sallows in search of the females which should emerge in a few days.
Spotted Longhorn, Rutpela maculata
Creeping Cinquefoil, Potentilla reptans
Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
Chiddingfold Forest:
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii 
Creeping Cinquefoil, Potentilla reptans, yellowflora
Hedge Woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
Neil on jungle patrol
Purple Emperor, Apatura iris

Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Rumex (dock) species
Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis and Creeping Cinquefoil, Potentilla reptans
White Admiral, Limenitis camilla
Zigzag Clover, Trifolium medium

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