Marbled whites and dead moles!

Mark Archer reports good numbers of marbled whites at Brockadale reserve and also 20 dark green fritillaries there too. The fritillaries are a butterfly species that is expanding its range and Brockadale is now a stronghold for them.

At Stanley Ferry Flash, emporer dragonflies are on the wing and in the woods above Half Moon, 2 purple hairstreaks were seen. The most interesting record Mark sends is that of three dead moles on the path between Warmfield and Stanley Ferry, presumably this is due to the current prolonged spell of dry and, at times, very hot weather.

arbled white (Melanargia galathea)

Marbled white roosting at Brockadale

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