Sunday, 26 May 2013

College Wood, Wicken Wood and Pitstone - 25 May 2013

Today was supposed to be the warmest and brightest of the weekend - the forecast was wrong, again, but we decided to go with our plans anyway and try out luck looking for butterflies.

First stop College Wood, hoping for Wood Whites. It seemed unlikely as it really wasn't very warm, and although a few brief spells of sunshine encouraged other species out, the Wood Whites remained elusive.

 Speckled Wood

 Female orange Tip

Green-veined White on Blue Bugle

Moving on to Wicken Wood there were even fewer butterflies to be found. We were moving on to the next site when, against all odds we found what appeared to be a single newly emerged individual.

 Wood White

Our final location, Pitstone produced plenty of Small Blues, that were our main target, with the bonus of Dingy and Grizzled Skippers. By now there was uninterrupted sunshine and the temperature was on the rise although the wind was still chilly.

 Small Blues

 Grizzled Skipper

Dingy Skipper