Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Unexpected Find.


While recording a few species flitting around a small sunlit glade during my weekly butterfly transect walk on Sunday I spotted something unusual perched on a fern that revealed itself as a female Brown Argus (Aricia agestis).  
This is a species that I tend to associate with downland and heathland habitats so finding one on my ancient woodland patch was totally unexpected and takes the total number of species recorded over the past 18 weeks to 22.


Yesterday I saw a few more of this species in its more traditional stronghold habitat on the chalk hillside of the North Downs and captured another female (below) nectaring.


10 comments:

  1. Great detail in these photos!

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  2. beautiful images of this butterfly

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  3. Great find Frank,stunning shots.
    John.

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  4. From Kate, I've never seen one of these lovely butterflies, but will be able to recognise one now from your wonderfully detailed photos.

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  5. That's a pretty exciting find, and such a pretty little thing. You managed to capture some excellent photos to document your discovery.

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  6. Just beautiful shots! The one brown argus I thought I was looking at turned out to be a female common blue on closer inspection

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  7. You have some nice images of this species.

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  8. super wat een prachtig resultaat.

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  9. How pretty. I like the shot of the butterfly on the fern and the last shot was so lovely.

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