Mainly Insects and Flowers

Saturday 24th June - Saturday 8th July 2017
White Admiral, Lower Woods, 8th July

A visit to Lower Woods yesterday morning with Mark produced seven White Admirals and c30 Silver-washed Fritillaries - these included a valezina female, too quick to photograph, but the first one I've seen. Other butterflies included three Purple Hairstreaks.
Silver-washed Fritillaries, Lower Woods, 8th July
Female Silver-washed Fritillary, Lower Woods, 8th July
Silver-washed Fritillary, Lower Woods, 8th July
  This Lizard Orchid at a South Glos site had gone over; I'll have to visit earlier next year.
Lizard Orchid, S. Glos, 8th July

By contrast, the Barrow Wake Musk Orchids were at their peak last Saturday.
Musk Orchids, Barrow Wake, 1st July
A few Bee Orchids were in the area.
Bee Orchid, Barrow Wake, 1st July

I got good views of Purple Hairstreaks recently at RHS Wisley in one of the formal gardens and in the Oak Wood area.
Purple Hairstreak, RHS Wisley, 30th June
  And finally, some wildlife from NT Coughton Court yesterday:
Roesel's Bush-cricket, Coughton Court, 8th July
Fully-winged difusa form of Roesel's Bush-cricket, Coughton Court, 8th July
Hoverfly Volucella inanis, Coughton Court, 8th July

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