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Light brown butterfly with complex dark brown markings

Wall Brown. Photo: Brian Arnold

butterfly nestled down in the greenery with some orange and black wings and some olive with white marks

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Brian Arnold

From Brian:

Two rareties for our garden at Harman’s Cross today – A female Wall Brown – we see about 3 Wall Browns a year in the garden, and a Dark Green Fritillary (probably female) – we see 1 every 2 or 3 years. Today was the lucky day. Both butterflies were trying to hide out of sight in our rather untidy overgrown lawn. The Wall Brown also settles on our stone paths and walls. At first sight I thought the Dark Green Fritillary was just another Silver-washed Fritillary – there were 2 in our garden today – but it was behaving completely differently, settling and flying on and around the lawn, whereas the Silver-washed Fritillaries usually settle on brambles and other plants and bushes around the edge of the lawn and by the trees.

Dark brown butterfly with greenish metallic sheen

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian says:

I was quite surprised to find this male Lulworth Skipper in our garden at Harman’s Cross today. It is only the second time we have seen one in our garden, the previous sighting being in 2022. This brings our garden species total to 24 this year. I don’t know if it is the way the light is catching the butterfly but when I looked at the photos there is a sparkly look to the wings, body and head – a mixture of golds and greens. We have planted a very small patch of Tor Grass, but it is quite a distance from where the butterfly was nectaring on our marjoram.

Marjoram is a flower appreciated by quite a few butterflies, so grow some if you can, but if you use it as a herb, so allow some to blossom.

Black butterfly with red and white markings on bright orange flower

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian says:

Continuing on the theme of butterflies on the Day Lilies in our garden at Harman’s Cross, this Red Admiral decided to add its name to the list today (15 July). We have now seen Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Gatekeeper, Peacock and Red Admiral on them. None appear to be nectaring from the lilies.

view of a Brown Arguson a pink flower showing all upperwings

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian saw this Brown Argus while at Ballard Down on 30/07/18.

Unlike most other “blues”,and this species is one, the Brown Argus has no blue scales on its upperside, both sexes being primarily brown in colour as its common name suggests, although the butterfly does exhibit a blue sheen when at certain angles to the light. Both sexes have beautiful orange spots on the upperside of both forewings and hindwings.