Noble Chafer found at Grafton

One of Worcestershire’s great rarities was found at Grafton last week – the Noble Chafer. This species is normally associated with old orchards, so to find it in the wood is quite unusual. Its very distinctive and if anyone finds one do let me know through the comments on this blog.

Also this week loads of Marbled Whites as expected after their good year in 2019. Small numbers of small Skipper are also around.

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Grafton Transect

Transect count today showed 322 – again early for this sort of count 13 White Admiral one of which was an aberration nigrina – said to be caursed when pupa is subjected to frost. First generation Wood Whites still about 11

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All Butterflies are still early….

The early season continues – The first White Admirals last week – today I counted 13. Also the first Marbled Whites. Large Skippers are all over the wood.

There are still first brood Wood Whites – we had hoped to keep these quiet as the wood has been experiencing lots more visitors but as the sightings have been posted all over Facebook I may as well show them on the blog.

The Full story can be seen on – Butterfly Species – Wood Whites.

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The early season continues……

An improvement to the weather and the early season continues. White Admirals and Silver Washed Fritillaries out at Grafton

Thick Thighed Beetle on Dog Rose

Silver Washed Fritillary
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Wild Life in Grafton Wood progresses……

Despite Corona Virus the wild life in Grafton progresses. Due to the warm sunny weather everything is early.

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Dragonflies and Damsels At Grafton

Broad Bodies Chaser, Azure Damselflies and Beautiful Demazelle at the ponds

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A sunny lockdown at Grafton

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Grafton at the end of April

Butterfly numbers continue to be good. Early Purple Orchids area out and I have found some Herb Paris. The Bluebells are now at their best.

Bluebells

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The good weather continues….

The good weather continues and we have had the best numbers of butterflies over the first 3 weeks of the season ever. Holly Blues this week and Pale Orange Underwing.

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What’s happening during “Lock-Down”

Since the wood closure very few people are visiting Grafton so as I can walk there from my back garden.

The good weather has produced good numbers of butterflies particularly Peacocks.

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