Lynchcombe Update

View from a picnic bench - Deerleap, Somerest, UK. ID DSC_3260

View from a picnic bench – Deerleap, Somerest, UK. ID DSC_3260

Time to catch-up on Lynchcombe for June.

Hot Summer

I often see foxes on Lynchcombe, but during this June I saw them on every visit.  It was so hot that they could not be bothered to run off.  This was part of a family that sat in the sheltered heat of the combe.

Fox (Vulpes vulpes) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2775

Fox (Vulpes vulpes) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2775

The speckled wood butterflies were out in large numbers.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2668

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2668

But their was hundreds of meadow browns.

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2646

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2646

The large skippers are about.  This one covered in red mites that I had only see on marbled whites before this year.

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2649

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2649

The six-spotted burnet moths are very obvious in the open grassland fields of the reserve.

Six-spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2825

Six-spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2825

Six-spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2825

Six-spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2825

This marbled white has lost one wing.  This was its best side.

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2804

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2804

And Finally…

A painted lady sitting on the rocks at the top of the hill.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2697

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2697

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