Friday, 15 July 2016

Bentley Wood + Alners Gorse

Date: 14/07/2016
Location: Bentley Woods + Alners Gorse
Weather: 18-21 Temp, Sunny with some Cloud
Other Species: 
Purple Hairstreak, Silver Washed Fritillary, Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Comma, Large White, White Letter Hairstreak, Large Skipper.

Observation:

In my pursuit of Butterflies headed to Bentley Wood in search of the Purple Emperor, but apart from a tree top pass, silhouetted which I just can't count I drew a blank!
Stayed for 2hrs 30mins, Donkey Corpse best hope as others had all the gear, Shrimp Paste and alike but nothing, in fact not alot Silver Washed Fritillaries and some high level Purple Hairstreak the best.




Gatekeeper



So sun still shining headed across to Alners Gorse, on arriving saw White Letter Hairstreak perched in Brambles but head buried and didn't move, apart from higher up into bush.



Headed on round to Buckthorn and must have been 20 Purple Hairstreaks at least in small tree.



Got a few nice shots and lots of nice people there full of information!


Got plenty of closed wing shots had to wait for a few individuals to open up and show the 

Purple.



Walked around reserve a couple of times Marbled Whites and a few Silver Washed Fritillaries, Meadow Browns making up the majority.


On the Buckthorn bush saw this Brimstone Caterpillar, a first for me!

So monday morning weather permitting its the 2hr 50min drive to Fermyn wood for the Purple Emperor! Fingers crossed


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