Sub-adult Adder. Photo: Warren Port
Common Lizard. Photo: Warren Port
These two images are not ones you would expect to find in our Photo Gallery but they are part of the often unseen and hidden natural world of our BC Reserve at Alners Gorse.
Both photos were taken on 05/09/2021 by Warren Port, one of the regular herpetologists involved at Alners Gorse who told us that this sub-adult Adder was a new one for them here.
It’s great to know a little bit more of the diversity of this fantastic butterfly reserve.
Red-tipped Clearwing. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark found this Red-tipped Clearwing moth while at Alner’s Gorse on 10/08/21.
This species has one generation, Late May-early August with delayed emergence in cool summers.
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Kirby
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Kirby
Two photos from Mike taken at Alners Gorse last weekend and sent in telling us:
We saw 4 pristine female Brown Hairstreaks and one male, at Alners Gorse last weekend. With 16 species in total (including a Silver-washed Fritillary f. valezina, that had certainly seen better days) it was an excellent visit!
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark sent in these photos telling us:
A magnificent day at Alners Gorse today, 10/08/2021. 10 Brown Hairstreaks in total (9 female/1 male) and if I sounded surprised at the last time I sent in a late season White-letter Hairstreak at the end of July, I was even more surprised when I found this one today in remarkably good condition (there were 4 in total but not all as good as this one).
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo; Shona Refoy
This is another photo from Shona’s trip to Alners Gorse on 04/08/2021 – a different view of a Small Tortoiseshell.
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy
Looking at the number and quality of the photos sent in for the Gallery that were and taken at Alners Gorse on 04/08/2021, it must have been a fantastic day to be there.
These two photos were sent in by Shona telling us:
It was a great day at Alners Gorse yesterday (04/08/2021) – I saw 22 species of butterfly, including all three Hairstreaks. Quite a surprise was this very fresh-looking female White-letter Hairstreak, who seems to be well endowed in the tail department!
Having spent most of the day searching for Brown Hairstreaks, it was lovely to find two at once, seen here sharing a bramble flower. One looked very fresh, the other was quite faded and worn, so I did initially wonder if they were male and female, until the brighter one conveniently opened his wings to prove that both were males.
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold
These two photos were taken by Brian on 04/08/2021 at Alners Gorse when he went there with David Parish looking for Hairstreaks. Both of them were successful in their search and both captured good images of these two species which can be somewhat camera shy at times.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: David Parish
Brown Hairstreak. Photo: David Parish
David sent in these two photos telling us:
Brian Arnold and I went to Alner’s Gorse on 04/08/2021 looking for Brown and Purple Hairstreaks. We spotted this Purple Hairstreak with wings open, so I took several photos – the wing angle changed so that each time the purple was more visible. Brown Hairstreaks were perched on alder buckthorn, usually above brambles and a ditch and amongst the leaves, so it was hard to get a good photo!
Purple and Brown Hairstreaks. Photo: William Stazicker
Willian seized the moment to capture this photo showing both Purple and Brown Hairstreaks when he was at Alners Gorse on 04/08/2021 – he told us that he found them rather docile during the overcast afternoon.
Yarrow Plume. Photo: Caroline Stringer
Caroline sent us this photo of a pair of Yarrow Plume moths mating at Alner’s Gorse on 15/07/21
Readily disturbed by day, June-August, and also comes to light.