Lynchcombe is full of butterflies.
Gatekeepers (Pyronia tithonus) are a common butterfly and a bit prettier than the meadow brown. Today they occurred all over the reserve.
The is a more typical perch of the gatekeeper, sitting on the bracken trying to soak up a bit of sun between the clouds.
Small skippers (Thymelicus sylvestris) were on every thistle, I counted 60 on the transect!
The numbers of holy blues (Celastrina argils) seem to go up and down like a yo-yo every few years. Today was the first time I had seen one on Lynchcombe. Its exiting seeing a first for the reserve.
The Usual Suspects
The other usual suspects were also recorded on the transect. While brambles do take over and need to be cleared back from time to time they do host about half the butterflies I see on the reserve.
Lynchcombe provides some of the best views of Somerset. Here looking west toward Crook Peak and the Bristol Channel beyond.