It’s getting quite late in the season for Brown Hairstreaks, particularly as they emerged much earlier than usual this summer – the first sighting was on 12/07/2020. Continue reading
Tate has sent us this photo of a Brown Hairstreak he saw at Alner’s Gorse yesterday afternoon, 07/08/2020 telling us:
I spent most of the morning wandering around without seeing one but luckily this female posed low down on blackthorn briefly in early afternoon. I managed this photo before she flew higher up
Mike and his partner, Sarah spent a great day at Alner’s Gorse on 28/07/2020 and have sent us these photos telling us:
We saw 6 Brown Hairstreaks, 3 of which gave prolonged views. We also saw the unusual pale one, reported by Mark Pike, who we bumped into and chatted to. We also saw a Gatekeeper ab with an unusually pale wing (see photo) and even on returning to the car park we found a Red Admiral on the sign post, which was of the (not uncommon) ab Bialbata, with a white spot in the red band on the forewings. With 129 Gatekeepers, and species including Essex Skipper and Small Copper, the reserve was performing at its best!
These are the two additional photos mentioned in the recent separate posting following Mark’s visit to Alner’s Gorse on 28/07/2020 and he commented about these as follows:
This male Brown Hairstreak was exceptionally pale in colour and I have never seen one quite like it before, not sure if it is an aberration but certainly looks like it. I have included a photo of a normal male for comparison (NB this is shown in the separate posting mentioned).
Mark was back at Alner’s Gorse yesterday, 28/07/2020 and has sent us these photos with the following comments:
Alners just keeps on popping up some amazing surprises! I was treated to my best day ever for Brown Hairstreaks today, 28/07/2020 – 10 in all (2 females/8 males) but these two stood out from the crowd! This basking female was totally oblivious that she was keeping company with a Yellow Legged Clearwing moth! An amazing moment!
Editor’s Note: Mark also sent two more photos of a paler Brown Hairstreak he saw which as they complement these photos I will be adding to the Gallery in a separate posting at the same this one is added.
I sometimes think that Alner’s Gorse should have it’s own dedicated photo gallery given the number of photos taken there sent to us and this is another great example of one of our rarer species that can be found there. Paul sent us this photo of a Brown Hairstreak he took at Alner’s in the afternoon of 22/07/2020 which helpfully shows both sides of the butterfly.
Two photos from Mark taken yesterday, 21/07/2020 at Alner’s Gorse. The Brown Hairstreak, the largest of the Hairstreaks is one of the last butterflies to appear each year and is one of our rarest species having been lost from many areas.
Shona went to Alner’s Gorse yesterday, 21/07/2020 and was very pleased she did – these are the two photos she sent in telling us:
This butterfly is not only my first Brown Hairstreak sighting of 2020, but also my first ever male! I saw him earlier today, 21/07/2020 at Alners Gorse, nectaring alternately on Brambles and Daisies. He was so engrossed that he did not react at all when this Meadow Brown landed right beside him; the Meadow Brown soon flew away!
On a rather cloudy morning a visit to Alners Gorse on 08/08/2019, Mark found this superb female Brown Hairstreak which very obligingly was good enough to “display” on his fingertip. Continuing with his search despite the weather about an hour later he found this Gatekeeper aberration.
Mark sent us this photo of a Large White from Alner’s Gorse on 1/08/19, wondering how it didn’t notice the fly on its wing. No answer to that unless anyone else has any idea?
The Brown Hairstreak was a surprise too, as it was very low down on Ragwort rather than high in trees as is their usual practice.