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Friday 4 July 2014

Brockham Lime works walk in the Surrey hills where Crab spider eats Marbled white butterfly.

This is a strenuous walk with more than 120m of ascent and descent from the Boxhill road along the North Downs way to Betchworth and back to the Smith and Western Restaurant where we were fortified with lunch before we set off.  Common-spotted orchids were going to seed yet still showy on the path above the disused quarry.

This old lime works is now a nature reserve, which at this time of year was full of Pyramidal orchids.
Among the butterflies seen were lots of ringlets, meadow browns, a brimstone below on a bramble flower

and plenty of Marbled whites.  One Marbled white flew to a scabious flower and posed for my camera.  Only when I viewed the pictures did I see that it had been caught by a crab spider!

A gruesome end for an innocent butterfly just popping onto a flower for a top up of nectar!

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