Saturday, 21 May 2016

Cotley Hill and Bentley Wood

Last Sunday we went to Cotley Hill in Wiltshire. We were hoping to see plenty of butterflies and in particular Marsh Fritillary. There were lots of butterflies on the wing and I saw my first Common Blue (they are very late this year), Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreaks of the year as well as Marsh Fritillaries. After Cotley we went over to Bentley Wood to look for an aberrant Pear-bordered Fritillary which had been seen there. Andy had seen it a couple of days earlier and we were hoping I'd be able to see it too but I dipped. I did see a new plant though so not all bad. I also saw another two new plants on a couple of protected roadside verges.




Marsh Fritillary - Euphydryas aurinia


Grizzled Skipper - Pyrgus malvae


Burnet Companion - Euclidia glyphica



Green Hairstreak - Callophrys rubi


Common Heath Moth 
Having a bad day! 


Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Boloria euphrosyne


Water Avens - Geum rivale


Meadow Saxifrage - Saxifraga granulata



Dusky Cranesbill - Geranium phaeum


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