Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunshine and showers …

Chiddingfold Forest Complex, 11 April 2012

Hoping for an early Wood White was always going to be a long shot, despite a recent Surrey sighting on the 10th April and not least the fact that today was one of occasional sunshine and intermittent heavy showers … 

The first area of forestry visited, on the Sussex side of the county border and probably the best site in Sussex for Wood White, produced nothing in the way of butterflies though this was inspected mid morning when the temperature was still only around 9°C. After a quick lunch my son and I headed off to a more reliable location, over that imaginary line the county boundary, into Surrey. The temperature had increased to around 12°C, though I could still feel a cool breeze on my back as we entered the woodland ride. As the sun shone through the trees into a small clearing a male Brimstone lifted from its resting place. As quickly as he had appeared, the sun disappeared behind one of many grey clouds and he alighted on a bramble leaf allowing a very personal encounter. Whilst taking my shots a tiny psychodid briefly landed on its wing. I believe it's of the genus Pericoma.

A beautiful experience …

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