Nice surprises

Over the past few weeks Wednesdays have been pretty lucky weather wise. Today we had bucket loads of sun and plenty of warmth – perfect weather for butterfly transects.

Comma, sat waiting for me at the start of the transect.

Comma, sat waiting for me at the start of the transect.

The sun brought out the usual spring butterflies in good abundance; Orange-tips, Commas, Brimstones, Red admirals and Peacocks.  A Green-veined white was a new one for the year though. One common butterfly I have yet to see on the transect is the Speckled wood. I think I’ve only seen maybe a handful of these this year. Maybe they are just biding their time.

Poor record shot of a Green-veined white

Poor record shot of a Green-veined white

It was not only butterflies I saw while I wondered about a fox skulked on past me in the undergrowth, while I was busy trying to capture a shot of a Beautiful damselfly.

Beautiful damselfly

Beautiful damselfly

Walking through the Wild garlic I disturbed a Little thorn, a notably scarce moth. Little thorns are on the Notable B list; found in between 31 and 100 hectads (areas 10km x 10km) nationally. Id usually get excited about seeing this moth in a light trap let alone seeing it fly in the daytime and particularly so soon into its flight season (May to July).

Little thorn (nB)

Little thorn (nB)

The Blue bells in the adjacent wood looked incredible and are defenatly in their prime right about now. Joined by Wood anemones and Wild garlic the woodland floor is awash with colour. If you want to see Blue bells at there best now is the time – what are you waiting for….

Hookheath Blue bells

Hookheath Blue bells

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One thought on “Nice surprises

  1. Some more great photos, Rob. Keep them coming. Hookheath is such a wonderful place for butterflies. I miss that reserve as well!

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