On the 16th June I went up to Fontmell Down in the morning, it promised to be a hot day but I was pleased that there was a little cloud cover which cooled things on the open downs. I went with a friend who was hoping for tips on how I took my pictures of Butterflies and flowers and what camera equipment I used.

Because it was hot the Butterflies were pretty active, but in time we got our eyes in and soon spotted them when they landed. We had a good morning although there wasn’t too much of a variety of Butterflies about. The highlight were the Dark Green Fritillaries and there were quite a few and in pristine condition.

Common Blue
Common Blue
Grizzled Skipper
Grizzled Skipper
Painted Lady
Painted Lady
Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell
Five Spot Burnet Moth
Five Spot Burnet Moth

The flowers were in abundance now and it was good to see a few different Orchids, Bob is knowledgable on the different Orchid species so it was a good morning sharing knowledge and exploring Fontmell Down.

Fragrant Orchid
Fragrant Orchid
Fragrant Orchid
Fragrant Orchid, in bud
Greater Butterfly Orchid
Greater Butterfly Orchid
Greater Butterfly Orchid
Greater Butterfly Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Wild Thyme
Wild Thyme
Viper's Bugloss, Echium vulgare
Viper’s Bugloss, Echium vulgare
Roe doe
Roe doe

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