Saturday, 20 June 2015

More June butterflies and White-winged Black Tern

Managed to add a few more butterflies to my list recently, mainly due to our butterfly location consultant DK. First off was a trip to Llanymynech Rocks on the English/Welsh border. Its a very impressive limestone quarry but the butterflies were playing hard to get. I didn't find any GRIZZLED SKIPPERS, probably a bit too late for them, and eventually I found four Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillery

Next stop was on 6th June in Warwickshire at Bishop's Itchington. It was a former industrial site which had been changed into a meadow type habitat. There were loads of Small Blue, Common Blue and Small Heaths. We also had a Vulcan fly over twice.

Small Blue


A Vulcan
 Finally, it was to Shropshire and Bury Ditches for a Wood White.

Wood White

It's been rather quiet in Staffs this year so it was a nice surprise when Graham and Max found a full s/pl White-winged Black Tern at Blithfield on 15th June.

White-winged Black Tern