Monday, 18 July 2016



This morning was spent wandering the tracks and rides of Fermyn Wood, Lady Wood and Fermyn Wood Country Park in an effort to see some of the butterflies that traditionally show there. Small numbers of Purple Emperor performed well, the White Admirals and Silver-washed Fritillaries were much more flighty and we managed views of both Purple and White-letter Hairstreak.

Other large insects included Hornet, Blue Emperor, Brown Hawker and Southern Hawker dragonflies, with quite a mix of darters and damselflies in the country park. Common woodland birds were more audible than visible but a couple of Ravens flew over Lady Wood and of course there were plenty of Red Kites to admire.

Clive Bowley was at Twywell Hills and Dales Country Park this morning where he thoroughly enjoyed about fifty Marbled White butterflies on the wing and plenty of skippers too.

Yesterday Eleanor saw a small hatch of about six Marbled White butterflies at Blueberry Farm on the south side of The Hill field and near to the brook, and also saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Maidwell village.


Neil M

Large Skipper

Silver-washed Fritillary

Common Frog

Purple Emperor, in the last
image feeding alongside a
Red Admiral.

White-letter Hairstreak


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