Sunday, I joined Dave and Hazel on a bit of a 'Pearl-bordered Fritilllary marathon'. We looked at three sites in the Haldon Forest area and then moved on to a site on Dartmoor in the afternoon. There were good numbers at two of the Haldon sites with most of the butterflies being very newly emerged. By the time we reached Dartmoor however, a strong and cold north-westerly breeze had developed causing any butterflies to 'lay low'. We did see quite a few in the more sheltered areas though, again almost all of them looked to have emerged that very morning.
Duke Of Burgundy
Four different males, the last one has unusually pale hind wings.
Male and female....Obviously!
The Early Purple Orchids on this hedge bank in the Haldon area put the puny ones I photographed on Axe Cliff last weekend to shame and clearly show why one old English name for them was 'Long Purples'
A couple of Dartmoor views.
I think the bottom one shows Kes Tor but I'm not at all confident.... they do all look rather 'samey'. Whereas Pearl-bordered Fritillaries....
On a flower...
On some wood...
And on a stick....Are not in the least bit samey
Just holding on!!
This photo really benefits from enlarging. It's too wide for me to make it any bigger on the blog (click to enlarge)