6 July 2017
Enchanter's Nightshade, Oak
first of the year Silver-washed Fritillary
was seen at Tottington
Wood, near Small
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and cloudy, I cycled the downs route
against a Force 4
passing Mill Hill and north of Beeding
Hill down the narrow bridleway to Tottington
The bridlepath was a difficult passage for cycling, but rewarded with a
dozen Speckled Wood Butterflies,
a Green-veined White
and a Comma.
Wood, I spotted a handful of my first
Purple Orchids of the year with flowering
Wood Anemones and Primroses
in the shade of the trees.
Magic Map of Tottington Wood
Stitchwort, Early Purple Orchid,
Bluebells, Wood Anemone
were frequent flights under the canopy of Oak
and Willow of the large and splendid Silver-washed
Fritillaries flying up to about five metres
above the ground vegetation and wood piles and occasionally landing for
a photograph. Two splendid White Admirals
spotted, the first one slightly worn and intact, and the one that landed
in front of us was damaged with two chunks missing out of its left forewing.
Other butterflies seen in the woods were frequent Large Whites, occasional Small Whites, frequent Peacock Butterflies, frequent Speckled Woods, frequent Gatekeepers, occasional Meadow Browns, occasional Comma Butterflies, a few Small Skippers, at least two Large Skippers, at least one Red Admiral, frequent Ringlets in the shade, and on the mown field immediately outside of the woods to the south-east a Marbled White fluttered amongst the shorn grass.
were two ponds in Tottington Wood.
The pond in the photograph at the eastern end hosted a Small
Red Damselfly. A Migrant
was seen in a woodland ride and on the edges of the duckweed covered duck
pond at the southern part of the wood, Common
Blue Damselflies mated over the Gypsywort-covered
edges. It was in this area where most of the Peacock
Butterflies and occasional Comma
Butterflies were to be seen.
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