Still in my mind of the season moving on I decided on 1st September to go out looking for Butterflies early in the morning so I went over to Duncliffe to see what was about. I was really disappointed as I couldn’t find any roosting Butterflies and insects and I was looking carefully. Just as I decided to go home for my Breakfast I spotted a solitary Common Blue on a grass so I took a few pictures and made my way home.

Common Blue dew covered
Common Blue dew covered

The morning was sunny and I decided, with persuasion from my husband, Rod to take a break from kitchen building and go up Fontmell Down for the morning. I’m pleased I did as there was plenty to see least of all Adonis Blue Butterflies. As soon as I walked into the Dorset Wildlife reserve I spotted them, a gorgeous vivid blue as they flitted above the ground. It was a warm morning and they were flying on a south facing slope so very active and not at all easy to photograph. I did eventually get some images when the sun went in for a short time, there were certainly plenty there.

Adonis Blue on Eyebright
Adonis Blue on Eyebright
Adonis Blue
Adonis Blue
Adonis Blue on Wild Marjoram
Adonis Blue on Wild Marjoram
Adonis Blue on Field Scabious
Adonis Blue on Field Scabious
Adonis Blue on Field Scabious
Adonis Blue on Field Scabious

I was hoping also to see the Autumn Lady’s Tresses Orchids while I was there. I went to the area where I saw them last year and searched the area, no luck, I kept on looking and suddenly spotted one, very small only around 10cm tall, once I saw one I spotted one or two more as I walked around and also in another area I found large patch of them!

Autumn Lady's-tresses orchid - Spiranthes spiralis
Autumn Lady’s-tresses orchid – Spiranthes spiralis

I was also lucky to see some Small Copper butterflies, my first sighting this year, they were in pristine condition and again very quick.

Small Copper on Field Scabious
Small Copper on Field Scabious
Small Copper on Autumn Hawkbit
Small Copper on Autumn Hawkbit
Small Copper on Autumn Hawkbit
Small Copper on Autumn Hawkbit

A Butterfly in abundance that morning was the Small Heath, there were so many of them, a small Butterfly that flies low in the grass. It’s conservation status is high but there were certainly plenty on Fontmell Down!

Small Heath
Small Heath

A sign of the autumn perhaps a small Toadstool growing out of some Cow dung!

Toadstool
Toadstool

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