Purple Emperor, and others, Oversley Wood

Sunday 3rd July 2011

I met up with my friend Paul from Solihull this morning, at a site in Warwickshire he had heard about through Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire. The guided walk at Oversley Wood, near Alcester, was excellent, and I am grateful to Mike Slater for a brilliant couple of hours seeing some special butterflies. I found the only Purple Emperor (above and below), as it was extracting minerals from the path ahead. This was almost at the end of the walk - we had all but given up on seeing one, but thankfully struck gold!

Also seen, c7 White Admirals, c6 Purple Hairstreaks, 4 White-letter Hairstreaks and 8+ Silver-washed Fritillaries, plus Comma, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, and a Brimstone.
Purple Hairstreak:

White Admiral:

Silver-washed Fritillary:


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