Friday, 18 May 2018

A Wealden Woodland Glade

The display of bluebells spread out across the woodland floor has pretty much been at its peak this week and it has been a real joy to stand in a scented glade and watch male Pearl-bordered Fritillarys (Boloria euphrosyne) patrolling back and forth in search of females. Dragonflies hawk along the woodland edge in search of prey and occasionally take a rest in the late afternoon sunshine.
Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne) (female)

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

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) (female)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) (male)

Dark-edged Beefly (Bombylius major)

My first Hawkmoth of the season was attracted to the garden light-trap earlier this week.
Lime Hawkmoth (Mimas tiliae) (male)


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