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Attenborough says count butterflies; so this is how it is on Clearwell Meend.

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.

The Small skipper does not have a noticeably black tip…  Could this be him?

I also saw a Peacock, a Red Admiral and several Gatekeepers.

 

 

 

 

There were also lots of day flying moths, including Silver Y and Six spotted Burnetts.

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

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Photos from Clearwell Meend

Clearwell Meend is my very local patch… it is 250 yards from my house. Here are a selection of photos I took this afternoon.

Speckled Wood
Sphagnum Moss
Common Spotted Orchids
Common Spotted orchid close up
Fungus. The Blusher ?
Bee Orchid
Seed head of Goatsbeard

 

Close up of Goatsbeard
Rabbit
Rabbit eating

That’s it.