Four wings good

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni

The garden was full of Large White butterflies this morning. They fed on the sweet nectar of the lavender and buddleia and span delicate spiralling dances over the flowerbeds, their wings flashing bright in the strong sunlight. A solitary Brimstone joined them and sought out the magenta flowers of the Rose Campion to dip its proboscis for sustenance.

A Large White Pieris brassicae, egg laying on the cabbages
Further up the lane the grassy field edges and embankments below the A10 yielded more four-winged delicates. Large Whites, Ringlets, Peacocks and the striking scarlet and black Burnet Moth moved amongst the thistles, ragwort, vetch and cow parsley. Several Gatekeepers worked a bush of wild thyme and a Marbled White passed through. Quite a species list for a short morning’s hunting.
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina 
Peacock, Inachis io
Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
Six-spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae

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