20 July 2013

Butterflies on the North Downs

Spent the day at the Butterfly Conservation New Members Day, held at the Field Studies Council centre at Juniper Hall in the North Downs near Box Hill, Surrey. Had a excellent day and met some very knowledgeable and dedicated people who run the Surrey branch of Butterfly Conservation and carry out important conservation work at the branch's Oaken Wood reserve.

A Chalkhill Blue Lysandra coridon, and a couple of Marsh Tit were a nice bonus in Juniper Hall grounds. An afternoon walk along the footpath at Juniper Bottom produced several Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja, a couple of Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia, lots of Ringlets Aphantopus hyperantus, Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina and Gatekeepers Pyronia tithonus, quite a few Marbled White Melanargia galathea and Commas Polygonia c-album, a few Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, 2 Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, a Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Large White Pieris brassicae, at least 1 Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola, a few Large Skippers Ochlodes sylvanus and a White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla.

Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja

Several Pyramidal Orchids Anacamptis pyramidalis, 2 Common Spotted Orchids Dactylorhiza fuchsii were also noted during the walk.

Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis

The day was finished off nicely with a pair of House Sparrows outside my living room window. My first ever record after living here for 14 years!

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