Another Lepidoptera mission with Dave Chapman - this time to the Wyre Forest and a bit of catch up on the butterflies for me! First up for me however was a Woodland Dor Beetle(Anoplotrupes stercorosus) scuttling across the path!
Saturday, 5 June 2021
Wyre Forest - Pearl bordered Fritillary and other insects
Incredible violet iridescence to the underparts!
The marmalade fly (Episyrphus balteatus) seen here in flight is usually everywhere by now but it's looking like a bad year for Hoverflies!
My catch up was with Pearl-bordered Fritillary and I was quite surprised to see some really fresh ones!
Time for a better background than the path!
Thank goodness you can decipher the cryptic patterning of these next two shots - Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. The dark markings at the top edge of the forwing are joined together.