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Once, this was all large skippers

Small skipper (orange undersides to the antennae) feeding on red clover flowers.

 

I went out yesterday (Sun 26/Jun/2011) in my relentless attempt to document butterflies on Staines Moor and it was tough! To start with, it was very hot and humid. I also discovered that the lawnmower police had been along both sides of one of the paths to "tidy" them up, taking out loads of wildflowers - including the lovely array of ox-eye daisies that featured on my stream recently. Difficult to know what to say about that.

 

Luckily a lot of the red clover had survived, either due to being lower to the ground or due to the mower granting a stay of execution. A couple of weeks back these flowers were being visited by large skippers, but yesterday there were none about. Their place had been taken yesterday by small skippers, which were much harder to spot and also much more skittish critters. Maybe the heat gave them oodles of energy - they definitely had much more than Yours Truly did!

 

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Taken on June 26, 2011