Went on an Orchid and Butterfly walk at Hutchinson's Bank today , along with Martin who does the regular butterfly transect , and several other enthusiasts . A promising start weather-wise , with sun warmth through cloud , but eventually the clouds won . Having said that , 14 species of butterfly were recorded , with plenty of Small Blues , Small Heaths and Whites , and several singletons , but they did include a pristine Painted Lady that touched down in front of us and then lifted off again , not to be seen again . The other highlight was the first Large Skipper of the year for all present , which has
Many thanks to Keith , who I last saw at High Elms a couple of weeks ago , for identifying the spider as Heliophanus cupreus , a member of the Salticidae family , Jumping Spiders . Reading up , this appears to be a female , the male not showing those yellow palps . Strangest thing found re. the species was a photo of one , taken at High Elms LNR .
A really enjoyable walk that , like many other times this so called Summer , just needed a bit more sunshine , and that would have encouraged many more butterflies onto the wing .
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