Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Skipper at long last.






My first Skipper sighting for this year was recorded last Sunday some 100 yards before the start of my Ashtead Common transect. I watched two male Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) nectaring on a patch of bramble flowers constantly being disturbed by a couple of Meadow Brown.





With much better weather forecast for this coming weekend I will be hoping to record Skippers during my planned transect walk.


I did record two Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) on the transect last Sunday under a cloudy sky and again I am anticipating that larger numbers will be on the wing this coming weekend together with Ringlet and a few other emerging species.


9 comments:

  1. Saw my first Skippers (large and small) and Meadow Browns of the year this week too.
    I hope the weather picks up soon as it's been pretty dire for flutter spotting so far this year.
    Good luck...[;o)

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  2. Well done Frank and great shots of both species of butterflies.

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  3. Magnificent images showing this beautiful Butterfly..

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  4. ...love the detail in these photos. They are beautiful. :-)

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  5. I managed to see my first Large Skipper up here yesterday. No Wall Browns yet, but my first Ringlets today on my transect.

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  6. Nice! How warm orange and brown!

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  7. Splendid photos of the skippers. You captured them beautifully!

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  8. We get very similar looking skippers in our garden here - not the same species I assume - but all skippers look alike to me!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  9. Skippers are late this year Frank.

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