Well , the wind was back again this morning , plus a temperature of 25C at 0900 . I decided to head up onto the Downs , generally for butterflies , but more specifically to see if the Chalkhill Blues had emerged yet . The reserve managed mainly for this species failed to produce any , but it did produce a mating pair of Ringlets ( 96 recorded in total ) . Further along the Downs , my first female Marbled White of the year . The female differs from the male with light brown/white markings on the under side of the hindwing , as opposed to the male's black/white markings ( 15 in total recorded ) . The Small Blues were found in exactly the same place as last time , but they are no longer pristine . This and another male fought constantly ( 3 in total recorded ) . My search was not in vain for the Chalkhill Blue , when in a sheltered corner I disturbed a male that had only just emerged , my first of the year , and the only one recorded . A flash of orange had me chasing in the heat , but I did manage this shot of the Dark-green Fritillary , the only one recorded , before it headed off again . Other species recorded , Large White (8) , Small Skipper (25) , Meadow Brown (90) , Common Blue (2) , Small Heath (8) , Small White (3) , and Comma (1) , a total of 13 species .
A few reptiles were also found , mainly Slow Worms , but 2 Adders , surprising given the conditions were also seen . The first , a female beat the camera , but the second , a male stayed just long enough for a couple of shots . Still not a great deal of colour on the chalk grassland , but these few are doing their best ,Wild Basil/Clinopodium vulgare , a member of the Labiate family .
one of my favourites , the tiny Squinancywort/Asperula cynanchica , a member of the Bedstraw family ,Wild Thyme/Thymus serpyllum , another Labiate ,Dwarf Thistle/Cirsium acaule , a member of the Daisy family ,Common Rock-rose/ Hellianthemum nummalarium ,and finally Common Centaury/Centaurium erythraea , a member of the Gentian family . Back near the car , this Field Grasshopper was feeling lucky playing on the road .
And finally , a couple for the man . The first I should know as I was told it last year , but my memory doesn't last that long , and the second , a silvery version , that looks like it could be related .