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Silver Washed Fritillary By Matt Clarke

Nature Group Outing to Bradfield Woods

Silver-Washed Fritillary by Matt Clarke

Silver Washed Fritillaries By Duncan Locke ARPS
Brimstone By Duncan Locke ARPS
White Admiral By Duncan Locke ARPS
White Admiral By Ann Miles
Essex Skipper By Matt Clarke
Large White By Matt Clarke
Silver Washed Fritillary By Matt Clarke
Comma By Debbie Pugh

Monday was a warm sunny day ideal for hunting butterflies in Bradfield Wood. The target species were the Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral and Purple Emperor.



Silver -washed Fritillaries were flying in large numbers, many of them still in pristine condition - such a wonderful sight. Brimstones are always a welcome subject with their magenta heads  (photographs by Duncan Locke).




One White Admiral was photographed in the morning but before all the party arrived but, fortunately, another made a longer appearance in the afternoon. (images Ann Miles, Duncan Locke)





There were lots of other butterflies and insects to photograph ( Essex Skipper, Matt Clarke; Large White, Matt Clarke; Comma, Debbie Pugh) 







Unfortunately, although we searched the wood in the afternoon, the Purple Emperor failed to make an appearance but the large number of Fritillaries will be remembered for a long while (Fritillary and Hoverfly below, Ann Miles)

Many thanks to Matt Clarke for organising the trip


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Silver Washed Fritillary And Hoverfly By Ann Miles