|A lovely Ringlet Butterfly seen on my approach to the Orchids on Sat 9th July 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
Saturday 8th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1300hrs to 1700hrs
I noticed today several Small Tortoishell Butterflies which are always nice to see and I would have thought looking at the numbers there could well have been a recent hatch. Also I saw lots and lots of both Ringlets and Meadow Browns, also did have a couple of Dark Green Fritillaries which were very flitty. Also a couple of Grayling and also one or two little Small Heaths flying past.
Also nice to see the "White" Self Heals coming through, if anything there could well be more than last year. Here is a photo from yesterday.
|A lovely "White" Self Heal (Click over to enlarge)|
Again too windy to get the best photography but we persevered and managed one or two, but also bright! (dont like bright on photos!). Checked out 33 and its offspring etc etc. then checked the one and only 55 and then over to the variagated (doing well) and past yet another dreadful site at No.15 - Mr. Hare must have come back to get him and sure enough the top had gone, well at least this time it does look like he had devoured instead of leaving the snipped casualty. Then over to the escarp and took one or two, then over to 17s, 70s and finished off with the 9-11s. Most of the better stuff is going over very quickly and for the photos maybe a day or two at the most left in it.
Two which I had completed missed which were sort of camouflaged to the side of a good juniper bush. The first Escarp 15 is a very pale plant but seems to have a lilac epichiles, I thought at first I was seeing things and then it became apparent it sure did have lilac epichiles, but sadly the plant is going over very quickly. And next door to it within inches was yet another hybrid with a very light green stem and typical of a lot of these young hybrids (or breed backs) were they have very bendy stems and beautiful contrasting coloured flowers. Here are a couple of photos to show you.
|This one nearly got missed - Escarp 15|
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|Escarp 16 (Click over to enlarge)|
|This is the beautiful 17b for beauty (Click to enlarge)|
see the next photo showing close up of plume
|Specimen 17b (Click over to enlarge)|
The following is a very special plant and we have to keep it in a cage away from predators. I found it back in 2014 and at that time it was only the second to ever been found in England, although a previous had been found in Cumbria and also a specimen was found on the Burren. It is what we call a "Lutescens". A sort of "lempet" but only comes through to about 10" and is lemon-petalled together with "white epichile and bosses".
|Variety - Lutescens first found back in 2014|
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|9a on 8th July 2017 (Click to enlarge)|
|Close up of 9a (Click over to enlarge)|
|17d,17e,17f on 8th July 2017 (click over to enlarge)|
This is a lovely looking small Atrorubens which I found yesterday whilst coming off.
|A atrorubens found 8th July 2017 (Click to enlarge)|
|11 - photo taken yesterday 8th July 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
|11 - photo taken on 7th July 2014 (Click over to enlarge)|
|11b photo taken on 3rd July 2014 (Click over to enlarge)|