The Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina) is one of the UK's most endangered species of butterfly and in recent years, Bob and I have made annual visits to its Kent stronghold to watch this delightful insect. On Wednesday, we set out from East Sussex under dark grey clouds and occasional showers, trusting that the forecast for afternoon sunny spells would prove correct. We needn't have worried.
As well as the Duke of Burgundy, these woods are home to many other natural treasures.
Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina) (mating).
The male has only two pairs of walking legs whereas the female (on the left) has three pairs.
Duke of Burgundy (H.lucina) (female)....her abdomen swollen with eggs.
The same female is ovipositing on the underside of a primrose leaf.
Two freshly laid ova.
White-spotted Sable Moth (Anania funebris)
Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria)
Rhagium mordax; a species of Longhorn Beetle.