At Last…….

It has taken 28 degrees but at last the butterfly numbers at Grafton have got back to normal.  White Admirals in the south and Silver-Washed Frits everywhere.  The first Small Skippers and new brood Brimstone. Female Emperor Dragonfly laying on the pond.  Meadow Rue in Bloom.

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Some new summer species…

First Ringlets of the year at Grafton and fresh Small Tortoiseshell.  The first Southern Hawker Dragonfly, Large Yellow Under-wing Moth and Scorpion Fly.

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Still no Butterflies BUT……

Grafton Transect  – still only Large Slippers and a few Meadow Brown but loads of Aspen Leaf-rolling Weevils Byctiscus populi.  There are 1000’s of Common Spotted Orchids out and a Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nubilis) on them.  I also found several Greater Butterfly Orchids too.

Greater Butterfly Orchid

Greater Butterfly Orchid

Byctiscus populi

Byctiscus populi

Oedemera nobilis

Oedemera nobilis

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First Meadow Brown

There is a lovely flower rich meadow on the south east side of Grafton Wood which helps with the grassland butterfly species.  The meadow was created by the land owner and improves each year.  Despite the weather the first Meadow Brown appeared here yesterday.

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Late Year for Butterflies

Only 14 butterflies on the Transect today – Speckled Wood, and the first Large Skippers.  By this time last year Ringlet, Meadow Brown and White Admirals were out.  Many Common Spotter Orchids as usual.

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Large Skipper

Large Skipper

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Rare Dragonfly

A rare dragonfly has been found in the Grafton Area last week by Greg Mcloughlin – A Downy Emerald.  First time in Worcesterahire.

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Further to Good News

I went round Grafton today after Neil’s post and found 4 Pearl-bordered Frits.

Good numbers of Broad-bodied Chasers and several Four-spotted Chasers

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