Friday, 12 June 2015

6-7th June
Various locations including;
New Tredegar, Fochriw, Bedwellty and Bargoed.

Emerging Summer Butterflies
Managed to take some time out to visit the above sites in search of butterflies over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June.
Saturday 6th proved to be hard work as the elements were against me in the form of gusty winds and clouds quickly forming over the ridges of the hills casting shadows. A few butterflies were about but many had to be disturbed from low down in the vegetation.





Sunday 7th however was much kinder with light winds, prolonged warm sunshine, and very few clouds around later.
The often dismissed Small Heath seem to be in good numbers in many places visited whilst some some of the emerging summer butterflies posed for photographs like the Wall Brown and SPB Fritillary.
The recent southerlies that blew up in the latter part of the first week had brought in a few migrants with Silver Y and Painted Lady's encountered all very 'fresh'.

 

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