Took myself off to RSPB Pulborough Brooks today - not to do some birding but to do some butterflying!
And I was richley rewarded. Along the zigzags and the Ragwort/Fleabane (?) to the left of the path I spotted many varieties. Far to quick in the hot sunshine for picture but I managed some.
Spieces seen: Green viened white, large white, comma, painted lady, small skipper, gatekeeper, common blue, small tortoishelle, and the piece de resistance.... Clouded Yellow. Initially there was just one flying about but after I'd completed the circuit of the reserve and on my way back, I then saw 2 chasing each other. Amazing.
Heregoes with some pics - if anyone disagrees with my IDs then I'd be happy for you to tell me :D
and for a change.... Female Common Darter (?)
Cinnabar moth caterpillars
A record shot of a Cloudy Yellow... the best (and only one of two pictures) I managed with its wings open!
Cloudy Yellow with closed wings
Saw a familty of Wrens - I think there were about 5 of them
and finally, just as I'd focused on the Cloudy Yellow for the last time, this is what happens!!
The Ravens of Portland Bill
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