A beautiful photo of a very fresh female Adonis Blue seen by Mark Pike at Fontmell Down on 20/08/2019.
On a visit to Fontmell Down on 20/08/2019 Mark saw this beautiful Silver-spotted Skipper and with the benefit of very good eyesight also found a Silver-spotted Skipper egg.
I went back to Fontmell Down on Thursday 08/08/2019, and saw several Silver-spotted Skippers, all male. I like front view photos because they show how cute the butterfly is, and that they appear to be wearing furry shorts!
Mark commented that this female Chalkhill Blue, seen at Fontmell Down on 5/08/19 was still drying its wings after emergence from the pupa. Continue reading
Mark spotted this fresh Chalk Carpet Moth whose flight season is July – Aug on Fontmell Down on 5/08/19.
This species is easily disturbed from the ground by day but also comes to light ,sometimes in numbers.
You can tell it’s an Adonis by the fact that the black veins go through the white fringe. Taken on Fontmell Down on 16/05/2019.
John caught this shot at Fontmell Down on 04/05/2019. We’ve left it uncropped, as it shows the very small size of the butterfly so well.
Alison photographed this Adonis Blue at Fontmell Down on 15/08/18.
The male Adonis Blue has brilliantly-coloured blue wings that gives this butterfly its name, and can be found flying low over vegetation, seeking out the less-conspicuous females that are a rich chocolate brown in colour.
This species has two broods, and this is one of the second generation which is on the wing from the second half of August.
Shona observed this unusual sight at Fontmell Down on 15/07/18. How many of us can say we have seen both male and female Brimstone butterflies nectaring on the same flower? It is a lovely record and shows the difference in colour between the sexes so clearly.
Mark found this Adonis aberration on Fontmell Down on 25/08/18.
There are 109 named aberrations known to occur in Britain.