Hod Hill is one of over 60 places where we have a regular butterfly monitoring (transect) walk and has been walked every year since 1982, but we now need some help to keep this 39 year effort going. Continue reading
Hod Hill features again! There must be a lot of butterfly photographers up there – we can only congratulate them on being able to climb the hill and still have breath to take pictures. John spotted this on 12/05/2019.
Shona caught these two ensuring the next generation of Grizzled Skippers on Hod HIll on 11/05/2019. she says they flew around each other for several minutes, then appeared to be mating, then separated and then finally mated.
Shona says she was pleased to see her first ever Small Blues at Hod Hill on 11/05/2019, and what a cracking shot she managed to get!
Lovely to see the underside of a Grizzled Skipper and to realise how many different shades of brown there can be on one small butterfly. Hod Hill 11/05/2019/
This is not a combination of butterflies you find very often: John did very well to capture them both in the same shot. Taken at Hod Hill on 11/05/2019.
Shona tells us that when she walked up Hod Hill on 7/09/18 this was the only Adonis Blue butterfly she saw that day.
This is not unusual as the first emergence of this species peaks at the beginning of June, and the second emergence is in the second half of August peaking at the beginning of September.
Of course with our changing weather patterns these dates are subject to slight change.
Shona photographed these Small Heaths nectaring on Centaurea on the top of Hod Hill on 7/09/18
She tells us that the left hand butterfly is a female and the right hand one is a male. This is the smallest of our ‘brown'( Nymphalidae) butterflies and can be found on warm days in almost any type of habitat.
Hod Hill 28 May.
A nice mating pair of Marsh Fritillary at Hod Hill, taken on the afternoon of the 27/05/15.