Lynchcombe Summer

Sheep - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58439

Sheep – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58439

Summertime on the Lynchcombe nature reserve.  My favourite place at my favourite time of year!

Butterflies

I have carried on counting the butterflies across the year this year.  It has been a mixed up year as a wet and cold spring got things off to a poor start.  No speckled woods back in spring but finally they were out in numbers recently.   Never saw any green hairstreaks, but these small butterflies are easy to miss.

A much better year for the marbled white.  It was seen in record numbers.

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR50350

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR50350

In previous years I have counted meadow browns in their hundreds on a single walk around the reserve.  This year they peaked around 50.

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53953

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53953

Thistles had a good year.

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53905

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53905

I think of brimstones as a spring butterfly, this year they did not appear until August.  Then they did really well.

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52462

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52462

Same story with speckled woods.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53699

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53699

… and again for common blues.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53852

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR53852

Still lots of white butterflies around.

Large White (Pieris brassicae) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52586

Large White (Pieris brassicae) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52586

Silver-washed fritillaries had a good year.

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52545

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52545

Other Insects

It’s not all butterflies.  I was excited to spot this hornet mimic.

Hornet mimic hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR54570

Hornet mimic hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR54570

Sailor beetles had a brilliant year.

Sailor Beetle (Cantharis rustica) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK> ID BR58420

Sailor Beetle (Cantharis rustica) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK> ID BR58420

.. as did the small mint leaf beetles.  But I saw far fewer swollen-thighed beetles this year.

Mint Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina menthastri) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID BR59695

Mint Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina menthastri) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID BR59695

Flowers

Hare bells enjoyed the weather, having a bumper year.

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52364

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52364

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52364

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR52364

And finally…

Somerset Wildlife Trust continue to improve the reserve, undertaking a lot of clearance work.

Recent bracken clearing - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_9468

Recent bracken clearing – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_9468

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