Essex Skipper - Thymelicus lineola
Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestris
Gatekeepers - Pyronia tithonus
Purple Hairstreaks were showing well coming low to nectar on Alder Buckthorn flowers.
Purple Hairstreak - Neozephyrus quercus
The White-letter Hairstreaks weren't so accommodating though and although there were lots of them they stayed put high up in the Elms.
White-letter Hairstreak - Satyrium w-album
Seen here taking honeydew from the surface of a leaf. The reason they seldom venture down onto low vegetation to feed.
Betony - Stachys officinalis
Dyer's Greenweed - Genista tinctoria
Sneezewort - Achillea ptarmica
Yesterday I went to Bystock to look for a new plant for me, namely Lesser Skullcap.
It's pretty tricky to find if you're not aware of just how small it is.
Lesser Skullcap - Scutellaria minor
Common Centaury - Centaurium erythraea
Six-spot Burnet Moths - Zygaena filipendulae
Also a few bits and pieces from the local patch.
Enchanter's Nightshade - Circaea lutetiana
Red Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fulva on
Fool's Watercress - Apium nodiflorum
Marsh Ragwort - Senecio aquaticus
An unusual pale lilac form of Selfheal - Prunella vulgaris
Golden-ringed Dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii
Juvenile Common Buzzard
Juvenile Reed Warbler