Skippers are a family of Hesperiidae in the order of Lepidoptera; because they are diurnal, we generally called them butterflies but many authorities class them as a group intermediate between butterflies and moths. They are called skippers because of their rapid and darting flight.

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And the underwings of a common blue that DKG found this morning in Lambrok Meadow.


A lucky speckled wood that just got away at the cost of a more than half of one of its four wings.

The picture is by DKG

The day’s wanderings

by Ian Bushell

 There was a Common Blue butterfly just emerged in the old pond at the end of Lambrok Meadow and, after a long chase, I got a picture of a female Southern Hawker (see above) near the carved Wheel close to the Picnic area.

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Tattered butterflies

The first meadow brown butterflies hatch at the end of May and by now, the middle of July, some are beginning to look really tattered.

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.….. and a small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), which is number sixteen on our list.

Image: Creative Commons

Here is a fascinating little video of a peacock butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. We know that there are at least two nests of peacock caterpillars in the park so, by the end of July, we should see these beautiful adults.

Filmed and edited by Daniel Castell

Beautiful images of a meadow brown taken in the park last night, at the end of the year’s longest day, by Chris Seymour.

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