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Please note: RPS House is closed for our exhibition install. We will be open again from 10am on Friday 9th August 2024.

Newly Emerged Brimstone By Carole Harvey

Nature Group Visit to Sharpenhoe Clappers 2023

Brimstone and Cocoon by Carole Harvey

Newly Emerged Brimstone By Dave Mackay
Dark Green Fritillary By Ann Miles
Chalkhill Blue By Simon Jenkins (2)
Cinnabar Moth Caterpiller Close Up Ben Gresham
Burnet Moth By Simon Jenkins
Ichneumon Wasp By Ann Miles
Small Skipper By Carole Harvey
Red Admiral 2 Ben Gresham

On Sunday a group of 9 RPS Nature Group Members and a young relative visited Sharpenhoe Clappers in Bedfordshire on our annual quest for butterflies. The interesting thing about visiting the same area at approximately the same time of year is the annual variation that it reveals in insect populations in terms of time of emergence and numbers. This year we were treated to a large number of good views of Dark Ggreen Fritillaries both male and female whereas Chalkhill Blues were very limited in numbers and all male suggesting the season is only just starting for them. The highlight of the day was probably the newly emerged Brimstone still clinging to its cocoon. Ben was great at spotting the smaller insects like the Cinnabar caterpillars. The day was bright with sunny intervals but a stiff breeze that made close-up photography a challenge

Photos by Carole Harvey (Skipper), Dave McKay Brimstone), Simon Jenkins (Burnet Moth), Ben Gresham (Cinnabar, Red Admiral) and Ann Miles (Fritillary, Ichneumon)

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Sharpenhoe Group By Ann Miles