Sunday 25th August 2013

Purple Hairstreak
   A trip to Alners Gorse, Dorset, for Hairstreaks today. Sadly we got there just too late, as the hedge where they are, was just going into shade. We did manage to see Purple & White-letter Hairstreaks, but only the Purple came down for photos!! Also found a little colony of Long-winged Coneheads (Crickets for those who don't know).

Long-winged Conehead (Female)

Long-winged Conehead (Male)

   A short(ish) drive and we arrived at Fontmell Down. Main targets, Adonis Blue (again) & Silver-spotted Skipper. Not been here before, so a short wander, and a phone call, put me in the right area. Within no time the Skippers were seen. Then Clouded Yellow, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral & Small Tortoiseshell, not bad at all!!!

Silver-spotted Skipper (Female)
Silver-spotted Skipper (Male)

Silver-spotted Skipper (Underside)
Adonis Blue (Male)
Adonis Blue (Male)

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