No PBFs on this day but Butterfly Conservation Sussex's Martin Kalaher has emailed to say..
"Congratulations regarding your Silver-washed Fritillary, which was a national first."
Neil Hulme, BEM had confirmed that "Peter Lovett's butterfly is a female Silver-washed Fritillary. The forewing shape is correct for SWF (concave below the apex; DGF is slightly convex), the upperside pattern shows two rows of spots inside the margin (DGF has one) and the characteristic SWF underside pattern can be seen."
I chased this butterfly across a clear felled chestnut forest for a while before getting some photo's including an underwing glimpse, confirming Silver-washed.
Other butterflies and moths included a Grizzled Skipper below,
lots and lots of Small heaths
a Common blue
Possibly an Andrena sp. mining bee.... Andrena congruens???
When looking to photograph wildlife it helps to have good eyesight and a few friends. Thus, at this site it was William who spotted this beautiful Bee orchid after I had walked past it.
Mike and Janice completed a quartet of naturalists keen to take time to enjoy and photograph the wonderful plants and animals on this warm June day. The next few blog entries will show our findings; starting now with orchids.
Bee' and Common-spotted orchids.
And again it was William who spotted these, otherwise elusive, Frog orchids: one of which is a hybrid with Common-spotted orchid possibly, being pink and with whorls of colour on the lip.
Fragrant orchid just opening.
Common-spotted and Frog orchids with Bird's-foot trefoil, "eggs and "bacon", a food plant for Common blue, Green Hairstreak and Dingy Skipper butterflies.
Subsequent posts will show some of the other plants and insects found this day.