Sunday, 4 August 2013
Mendip Butterfly Bonanza
A wonderful 9.5 mile trek across the Mendips in a mixture of sunshine and thunderstorms. The scenery beautiful with a mixture of heathers, gorse and bracken on the upland and summer grasses, vetch, thistles, knapweed, ragwort, rosebay willow herb etc seen everywhere.
The abundance of wild flowers providing food plants for an array of insects including the15 butterflies species that we saw.
A few birds to be seen included meadow pipits, linnets, kestrel, buzzard, ravens, and a peregrine heard from the top of Cheddar Gorge.
The rich mixture of flora, fauna and natural landscape truly lifts the spirit!
Summer flora - grasses, ragwort and foliage
Ling and Erica - a purple carpet on Blackdown
Green Veined White on Rosebay Willow Herb
Tufted Vetch and Mendip fields
Marbled White - plenty to be seen across the grassy wild meadows
Dark Green Fritillary - a stunning butterfly 3 of them seen on one small area of Knapweed together
with about 7 marbled whites.
Summer meadow - Natures garden, perfection!
Ground Thistle - intense purple and great for skippers
Peacock - trying to soak up some heat
Comma on Bramble flower
Antler moth on Ragwort
View across Cheddar Gorge
Small Copper - another stunning little butterfly. Great colours and markings.