Lynchcombe Steps

My son is home from university and so we did a final walk together around Lynchcombe.  We did not expect to see many butterflies but it turned into a red admiral festival.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4318

Red Admirals

The autumn equinox has just been and we officially start autumn.  We did not expect to see much happening on the reserve, instead we recorded nearly 20 red admirals across this Mendip hillside.

This butterfly on the gate post at the bus stop appeared to have two shadows.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4423

One is of course the shadow of the gate hook.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4460

My son and I nicknamed this spot on Lynchcombe the bus stop years ago.  We were looking out for silver-washed fritillaries, after not seeing any for a long time, three appeared together – just like buses.

And Finally…

One of my son’s pictures of a migrant hawker.  Over the years we have gone on many visits across Somerset and Devon photographing dragonflies.  So being on Lynchcombe with him today, just before he returns to university, was a special day.

Migrant Hawker (Aeshma mixta)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshma mixta) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4496

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