Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Painted Lady - Bonsall Moor

A walk round Bonsall Moor early morning produced a good showing of orchids with Common Spotted the most obvious but Pyramidal, Fragrant and Bee Orchids were all in reasonable numbers. 
A singing Lesser Whitethroat proved typically elusive, and, like the Yellow Wagtail, is only seen occasionally on passage on the gritstone moors but is widespread if thinly distributed in the White Peak.
Plenty of butterflies on the wing; Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue and only my second Painted Lady of the year. Butterfly Conservation has predicted a major invasion of the Painted Lady this summer but this one looks like its been here a while.
Painted Lady

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