As usual , when I arrive at a site looking for butterflies , the sun went in , but I carried on with my usual transect , and in the conditions , found most of the butterflies recorded , deep in the vegetation . Eight species were recorded , with as expected , Meadow Brown (62) , and Ringlet (49) , being the most numerous . Large Skipper came in a good third (13) , and only Common Blue (2) , managed more than a singleton . Those singletons were Speckled Wood , Large White , Comma and for the second day running , Dark Green Fritillary . I usually record one or two of this species either here , or over the hill in the next valley on West Kent Golf Course . When I first saw it , it was nectaring on Welted Thistle , and showing it's green underwing well . Later , I managed to photograph it on Greater Burdock , of the Dandelion and Burdock fame . I felt pleased to have got two shots of this specimen , as to say it didn't stay still for long , was an understatement . Needless to say , I didn't find any Marbled Whites , so unless I am passing before Friday , they will have to wait till after the Air Show .
6 Slow Worms were found under various peices of material , layed in the grass .
When I got home , Carol told me that she had had two Red Admirals in the garden whilst I was out , and if I moved a pot , down by the pond there would be something to photograph . I moved the pot and found a female Stag Beetle , and placed her on the path to get better definition . Identified as a female by the small jaws , that surprisingly give a stronger nip than the larger antlers of the male . What can look more prehistoric than that ? I cannot be sure , but it would be nice if she was one of the grubs we found last year in the bench support , that we moved to the bottom of the garden . I looked under the bench seat , but found no grubs , but a lot of the wood is missing , with the seat basically being supported by the bark of the log supports .