Back at the end of July before we took our holiday, I grabbed a few hours with my Dad wandering one of his favourite butterfly woods in the New Forest. It was a veritable bonanza of butterflies, when I got my best ever sights of Silver Washed Fritillaries.
I also learnt the difference between Green Veined and Small Whites. It seems to have been a big year for Whites – in the Yorkshire Dales a fortnight later there were clouds of Small Whites in the gardens where we were staying in Askrigg, with a few Green Veined among them if you looked hard.
We also saw a Ringlet, common here in Yateley but I’d never found one in the New Forest before, and also Gatekeeper’s but my photos of them weren’t very good!
Reviewing the photographs I have also now learnt to tell a Small Skippers from a Large Skippers – the large ones are (obviously) slightly larger, but also have more a dull brown around their wings. I love these little butterflies – I think of them as the cute teddies of the butterfly world!
There was also this beautiful Peacock butterfly – I’ve seen only a few of these this year in Hampshire.
We missed out completely on my dream of seeing a White Admiral but that means there’s plenty to keep me looking next year.
There’s more photo’s on my Flickr account if you’re a real fan, feel free to wander over there.
Hopefully I’ll be uploading some holiday photo’s soon – a week which was defined for me by the sound of Curlew.