Archive for July 26, 2013

After a morning meeting in Blackheath I noticed a Small tortoisehell in a garden near the meeting venue as I walked through the village to the heath. I then walked across the heath to the north side to do a butterfly count. The heath resembled a cut cornfield in colour and appearance – the price for this extended hot spell we are experiencing in the UK at the moment.

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There were a good number of butterflies in the area near to Greenwich Park including Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small and Large White and Essex Skipper(a London first for me).

Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Gatekeeper Butterfly

I also photographed a butterfly which I was unable to identify from the photo and have sent to local Butterfly society recorder for help with ID

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Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)
Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)