Silver-spotted Skippers seen on Fontmell Down walk

18 August saw Dorset Branch and the Somerset & Bristol Branch of Butterfly Conservation get together for a walk on Fontmell Down in North Dorset, led by Lawrie De Whalley.

Left: Walkers on Fontmell Down. Right: Clouded Yellow: unusual shot of topside

Left: Walkers on Fontmell Down. Right: Clouded Yellow: unusual shot of topside. Photos: Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold, who went on the walk said:

The walk was most interesting, as the leader Lawrie De Whalley imparted his knowledge of the butterflies and plants to be seen. We hoped to see Silver-spotted Skippers, Chalkhill Blues plus about a dozen other species, and we were rewarded by many sightings, despite several unexpected downpours of rain, including a Clouded Yellow.

Left: Silver-spotted Skipper. Right: pair of Chalkhill Blues, mating

Left: Silver-spotted Skipper. Right: pair of Chalkhill Blues, mating. Photos: Brian Arnold

The people on the walk thoroughly enjoyed it, seeing 30 Silver-spotted Skippers and a total of 18 species of butterfly.

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