Decided against another look for Purple Hairstreaks this morning , and arrived up on the Downs just before 0830 , with a temperature already of 20C . Some areas were still in shade , but that didn't stop the butterflies from getting on the wing . Three hours later , the following had been recorded :
Small Skipper (73) , Large Skipper (3) , Brimstone (4-pictured , all in the same area and looking very
Many thanks yet again to Spock for identifying the moth as a Broad-barred White . On the way round , I also surveyed for reptiles , and was quite surprised , given the conditions , to find more Adders than Slow Worms , by a singleton .
When I got back to the car , the temperature had reached 28C , and I felt like a wet rag .
11 hours ago