I was motivated to spend an hour or so photographing the butterflies on Clearwell Meed today because we have recently had some Marbled Whites in the garden. As I had expected there were lots flitting about up there, possibly they were just about out numbered by the Meadow Browns, but they of course look more spectacular.
There were quite a few skippers about, I think both Small and Essex skippers. They are very difficult to tell apart, it all come down to the tip of their antennae and the Essex has a distinctly black tip, as does the one below.
And now a day later David Attenborough has urged us all to go out and count Butterflies, so who is ahead of the game…. Big butterfly count
Clearwell Meend is my very local patch… it is 250 yards from my house. Here are a selection of photos I took this afternoon.
This little chap is about 5mm long excluding his antennae and is siting fairly still on some lavender flowers in our conservatory. So I could photograph him without getting wet.