Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Vanessids …

West Sussex, 10 September 2012 – Part 2

With the falcon in the bag I hot-footed the short distance over to Rewell Wood in the hope of catching some Nymphalid action; I wasn’t disappointed …

Proceeding up the main gravel track towards the small woodsman’s hut, Red Admiral were plentiful. The main block of purple scented buddleia just before the sawmill produced further activity, with good numbers of Red Admiral, a solitary Comma, several Large White, a Green-veined White and two Painted Ladies; one in pristine condition. A short walk along several of the adjoining tracks soon added Small White, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. As I returned along the forestry track past the woodman’s hut once more it was early afternoon. The two Painted Ladies were still around with the better of the two specimens regularly landing on the track to gain warmth.



It was at about this time that I noticed a Peacock, one of very few I’ve seen this year, sitting wings closed, in the middle of the track straight ahead of me. Apart from a tiny tear in her right hindwing she was in really nice condition. She allowed an extremely close approach and this very personal encounter was undoubtedly the highlight of my afternoon. It is likely that she may have gone into hibernation and then popped back out for a feed. This would certainly explain her rather sleepy behaviour …




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