Saturday, 29 April 2017

A Wealden Wood in Spring

For me, there is no scene more beautiful than when the bluebell carpet has been rolled out across the floor of a Wealden wood in Spring. That deep blue colour is so difficult to reproduce in a photograph or painting and the scent is sublime, especially during the late evening. 

 
 
 
Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne) (male)

 
 
Pearl-bordered Fritillary (B.euphrosyne) (female)

 
 
Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) (male)

 
 
 
During the last week I have seen my first Dingy Skippers (Erynnis tages) on the South Downs and Small Coppers (Lycaena phlaeas) have appeared in good numbers on Pevensey Levels.
 
 
Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) (male)

 
 
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)


 
 
This morning's moth trap yielded another member of the Prominent family.
 
Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac)


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