Butterfly walk reveals an unusual butterfly…

I went on a butterfly walk this afternoon at Raw Nook NR.  As expected the numbers of all species were down however, I managed to find 10 different species but all in low numbers.

On the negative side I failed to find a single Small Tortoishell and Meadow Browns and Small White number were well down on what they should be at this time of the year.  Only A single Common Blue male was observed which is worrying for the species.

Other species observed were Ringlet, Small & Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Large White, Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper.

Now for the positive…I was surveying the meadow area when I saw 2 Gatekeepers chasing each other but one was ‘ aberrations ‘ as below.  At this stage I am not sure which aberration this one belongs to but I will update when I have further information.  But at the end of the day a good find and something I have never seen before..

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Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus

Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus

 

 

 

 

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