Tagged: Small Skipper

Break in the weather - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4586H

Lynchcombe Steps

Lynchcombe Catching up on another month of visits to the Lynchcombe nature reserve.  The site has fantastic views across Somerset, and June provided some clear evenings with glorious colours. At the top of the...

Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4600

Lynchcombe in July

Lynchcombe Lynchcombe is a Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve high up on the sunny south facing ridge of the Mendip Hills.  This July it has been dominated by musk thistles. The nodding heads of...

Draycott Sleight

Draycott Sleights

Draycott Sleights High up on the southern ridge of the Mendip Hills the sleights with their endless views across the Somerset Levels are a big draw with photographers. This Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve...

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_0224

Lynchcombe Steps

After the trips to Great Breach Wood it was time for Lynchcombe to demonstrate it can serve up its share of silver-washed fritillaries.  It did not disappoint. Silver-washed Fritillaries The silver-washed fritillaries were still...

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7795

Lynchcombe Steps

Back up to the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Lynchcombe to check on things and count the butterflies. Small Skippers This week the thistles arrived and with them the small skippers (Thymelicus sylvestnis).  They have...

Lynchcombe Steps

Lynchcombe is full of butterflies. Gatekeepers 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...

Big Bite - Deerleap

Lynchcombe Steps

Another visit to Lynchcombe mainly to walk the butterfly transect.  A key landmark of Lynchcombe is the group of Sycamore trees at the top of the hill near Cook’s Field and the Deerleap Field.  On...

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Hatch Hill

I followed by friend Paul to Hatch Hill for a couple of visits looking for variants of Chalkhill Blue butterflies. We had little success, apart from some very friendly small skippers.