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Liz Heard View Drop Down
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    Posted: 11 Jun 2011 at 6:42pm
hi Lords n Ladies.

no doubt like many of you, im often actively seeking new (to me) local sites for herps. sometimes successful, other times not!
today (Swifts Hill, Slad) unfortunately fell into the latter category. at least on this occasion - weather conditions werent the best admittedly.

however i did see one of my favourite butterflies in relative abundance.
so beautiful.

the Marbled White
melanargia galathea;

on one of its nectar resources (Greater Knapweed);






side by side with a male Common Blue
polyommatus icarus;



these sightings didnt compensate for the lack of herps much though!


cheers,ben
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Nice pix Ben. Knapweed is so loved by butterflies.
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undefinedHi Ben,
 
yes the marbled white is a beautiful creature, I like the orange tip as well, which you don't see many of now. Also I'm waiting for my lazy lavendar to come out so I can see these again.
 
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undefinedAnd really, I quite like seeing these. Although not many others do as they get them mixed up for something nasty
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I got started off on Lepidoptera and more specifically caterpillars at about the age of three or four. I've loved them ever since, even run me Robinson moth trap every now and again or rear the occasional interesting species from egg. Would like to see more pics of the southern species though Ben. We get a few southern migrant M Whites drifting through the wildflower meadows here, although i've yet to see one (in my home county that is).
 
The thing that i've noticed about the underside of the MW lower wing is how similar the markings are to the Pearl and Small Pearl-boardered fritillaries (except in monochrome).  I was out watching SPB's yesterday in fact, between bouts of stalking Grass snakes on the dry humps in my favourite mire! 
 
Dunna get much better than that Beer
 
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