Friday, 7 May 2021

Pearl-bordered Fritillary season

Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne
A return visit to Rewell Wood today proved fruitful as I joined 3 other enthusiasts to witness the orange flying circus that is the Pearl-bordered Fritillary season. They fluttered around a scallop that was created for them a few years ago. It was not necessary to go into the clearing - some settled by the path. Everyone was careful not to trample on the leaf litter which contains the pupae which will emerge soon. I spotted a female Orange-tip attempting to lay on garlic mustard, but couldn't find any eggs. Brimstones also fluttered around.

I then visited Fairmile Bottom where the grazing regime has created large swathes of cowslips.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Orange-tip female attempting to lay on Garlic Mustard

Cowslips, at Fairmile Bottom

Deer Tick, Ixodes scapularis

Green-winged Orchid, Anacamptis morio

tiny Hairy Shieldbug, Dolycoris baccarum

Hazel Leaf-roller Weevil, Apoderus coryli

Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Pendulous Sedge, Carex pendula

Primroses, Primula vulgaris


unidentified sawfly

unidentified sawfly

Wild Strawberry, Fragaria vesca

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