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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