Another trip to Alner’s Gorse on 25th June when I was hoping to spot the first of the Silver Washed Fritillaries. Another early start after I had been out with Tilly as again it was going to be warm and there was a chance of some rain mid morning.

When I got there I headed for the area where I saw them last year right over the other side of the Car Park and out of the reserve, when I got there it was very quiet no Butterflies about but after a short wait they started to appear and then I spent a while enjoying them and taking pictures. One of the first ones I saw was the female variant of the Silver Washed Fritillary, Valezina (5-15% of the population of SWF) I saw one White Admiral but too quick for me I will have to go back again!

Silver Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia
Silver Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia
Silver Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia (f.valezina)
Silver Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia (f.valezina)
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary

Silver Washed Fritillaries, Argynnis paphia gallery. Select an image for a bigger view

There wasn’t to many species about as I made my way back but I did see Small Skippers and Large Skippers but then I didn’t stay too long as it did Strat to rain earlier than expected.

Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Large Skipper

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