15 Aug 2016

Butterflies & Frogs.

Not amphibians but orchids. Mark met me at my office and we drove the short journey up to a site in N Wales where Frog Orchids had been flowering. I said had been as by the time we made the effort all the flowers had passed over and we didn't find a single one! We did find a few faded Chalk Fragrant Orchids though and a nice Autumn Gentian.

The nice surprise though was the number of butterflies with 10 species being recorded - Red Admiral, Greyling, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Small Heath, Peacock and Dark Green Fritillary.
 Common Blue
 Very worn Dark Green Fritillary
Small Heath.

We didn't find our target orchid species but it was a very enjoyable few hours messing about in the sunshine on a nice limestone escarpment.