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Silchester Common

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Sunday 28th July 2013
Insects again, as I take advantage of the weather, this time to bag a specialist of southern heathlands. I knew I had left it rather late in the flight season, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. On arriving at Silchester Common, Hampshire, there was a light rain shower, but it was still warm. Thanks to Mark D.'s directions I soon found suitable habitat=, but not much on the wing. It's always useful having a second pair of eyes, and while distracted photographing a Mottled Grasshopper, Linda alerted me to a diminutive blue butterfly nearby. Although very worn-looking, close inspection left me in now doubt that this was a Silver-studded Blue. Another very near, and these were the only two we saw on the common. I must go earlier next year and see this butterfly in its true glory. A Bog Bush-cricket was another nice find. The only dragons were a Brown Hawker and a Common Darter. A few other butterflies,  including Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Skipper, …

Forest Dragons

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Friday 26th July 2013
A Gloucestershire Odonata mega KEELED SKIMMER, found recently at an undisclosed site in the forest, was still present yesterday evening, along with a host of other more common dragonflies, including Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Darter, Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Hawling Area

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Saturday 20th July 2013
Some photos from Saturday around Hawling and Charlton Abbots:

Oversley Wood & Heddon's Mouth - A Butterfly Weekend

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Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2013
Oversley Wood at his time of year means butterflies, but especially Purple Emperor; Heddon's Mouth likewise for High Brown Fritllary. Saturday was the start of a butterfly bonanza, starting with a visit to Overlsey Wood in Warwickshire with Mark. We managed a total of five Purple Emperors - with some very obliging allowing close study on the ground or on low vegetation. We also found 2-3 White-letter Hairstreaks fairly high-up on a Wild Cherry tree and a number of other species including five White Admirals, 30+ Silver-washed Fritillaries and a single Purple Hairstreak.
Sunday involved a day out in Devon, where I hoped to get my first butterfly lifer of the year. An early start meant we avoided any traffic and arrived at Heddon Valley before 10am. The walk to Heddon's Mouth through the valley is lovely, but there was disappointment initially with 'just' Siver-washed Fritillaries (they are nice all the same) at the meadow, and t…