Yesterday morning , I got out early in the hope of avoiding the hottest of the day , and also to find the first Purple Hairstreak of the year . I stopped first at West Wickham Common , and searched Bramble and Bracken below Oak trees , a favoured warming up spot for the species early morning . The Oak trees that were already in the sun were also searched , by none wee found . A consolation was a very
Very many thanks to ShySongbird for saving me ages trawling through pictures of flies , by identifying this one as Sicus ferrugineus , one of the Thick-headed Flies . Really appreciated as I am still processing photos taken two weeks ago .
This morning , with just a week till the Kent BC visit , I headed off to High Elms , to do the full butterfly transect and hopefully the species that they will be hoping to see . I must say that the recent warm , sunny spell has made a great improvement in numbers recorded , especially to Small Skippers and Marbled Whites . The full list recorded was :
Small Skipper (75) , Large Skipper (2) , Large White (5) , Common Blue (1-a very worn female) ,
With the warm weather due to continue , hopefully more SWFs and WAs will emerge , and perhaps even the White-letter Hairstreaks will show up by next Sunday .
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