Black Rock

I’ve visited Longwood, near Cheddar, a couple of times this week to see the bluebells.  Each time, I got there walking along the drove through Black Rock.  You can forgive people for ignoring this drove. However, Black Rock is a beautiful reserve in its own right with woodland, limestone grassland and an abandoned quarry.

Black Rock - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0147

Black Rock – Somerset, UK. ID 821_0147

On my visits the weather was not at its best for landscape but was perfect for butterflies.

The Butterflies

Butterflies were everywhere at Black Rock including: orange-tip, brimstone, green-veined whites, holly blues and even some dingy skippers.  To my disappointment the skippers escaped my camera as I chased after them on the steep hillside.  Down in the dappled shade of the main drove it was a different story for orange-tip and green-veined white butterflies were happy to pose for a few pictures.

Orange-Tip

Of course, the orange-tip was my favourite.

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1136

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1136

Butterflies look good on wild garlic – much better than on bluebells.

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1286

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1286

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID OrangeTip

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID OrangeTip

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1400

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1400

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1184

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1184

Green-viened White

The orange-tips can easily get confused with green-veined whites.

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0159

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0159

As always I do like a backlit image.

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0169

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0169

Their eyes look great in blue.

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) on Cuckoo flower - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID JB3_6137

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) on Cuckoo flower – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID JB3_6137

And Finally…

Where are still wood anemones out in Black Rock.

The Last Wood Anemone - Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1031

The Last Wood Anemone – Black Rock, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1031

Did you notice the couple of pictures with cuckoo flowers.  I took these many years ago but thought they would look good in the blog with the new pictures.

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