|Dark Green Fritillary today on Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)|
Monday 26th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0930hrs to 1100hrs
Today was great for butterflies and had Small Heaths, lots of Ringlets, odd Small Pearl Bordered and a beautiful posing Dark Green Fritillary who just loved to be photographed!! On my way up I had some Marsh Tits calling which was very nice, also the odd Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. On my way back down I also had a "Whitethroat" calling away.
It was very bright and difficult for photography and still had that wind in the background making it difficult, but did manage to get a few shots. which I will put on here:
|Spec No.33 (Schmal) on 26th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Spec 33 on 26th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
Next is one of my old favourites. In fact it is the first specimen I am aware of on Hutton Roof which confirmed the striking appearance of that "Lemon Petalled" back in 2014. I think we firstly classified this as a "Lutescens" but since I have gone for the "Lemon Petalled". It is stronger than ever at 18" tall and although I have not as yet counted the flowers, I would bet there will be somewhere about what we had last year eg: 21 flowers.
|The beautiful Spec 55 Lemon-Petalled now showing|
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|Specimen 55 - Lemon Petalled on 26th June 2017|
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|Specimen 55 today (Click over to enlarge)|
|A lovely trio of atrorubens - within days (Click over to enlarge)|
Photo: 26th June 2017
|Specimen 9d on 26th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Parent Specimen 9 or Schmals 9 from 2014 (Click over to enlarge)|
Unique colouring of these never seen before on Hutton Roof
And last for today (below) shows a "atrorubens" which has been predated with a slug. You could easily be forgiven for thinking it is a deer because its a reasonably good horizontal snip but when you check it carefully you see its full of "slug slime" in the circled areas.
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Slug predation on atrorubens on 26th June 2017