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Norfolk Butterflies and Moths (2 Viewers)

Holt Country Park

Following on wing on Friday;

Small, Green veined & large white, holly blue, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, circa 15 white admiral, circa 20 Silver Washed Fritillary, plenty of peacock & red admiral

Also female emperor dragonfly & adder.
Silver Washed Fritillary showing really well in the hedgerow approaching Drayton Drewray. Anyone else ever seen one here?
First recorded 2019
Its a good site for White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak (and in 1960's it was the last site in Norfolk for Marsh Fritillary)
Silver-washed Fritillary

Living some miles from the nearest woodland, I was quite surprised / delighted to have one visit my garden


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Bilateral gynandromorph - A very tatty Silver-washed at Holt Country Park seen and photographed yesterday by two separate individuals. Left side is female, right is male. Incredibly rare in the wild.
We had our first brief sighting of a Silver-washed Fritillary in our Northacre garden on the 29th July. Yesterday another stayed long enough for photos. Still one here this morning too.


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That SWF is the first record for your tetrad! In other news: a Wall with the ground colour white instead of orange was photographed yesterday at Salthouse - this is ab. xanthos; second brood swallowtail now flying; Ladybelt Park has several Clouded Yellow flying, suggesting they bred there; and Chalkhill at Warham Camp now 500+ and still rising.
A pristine Brimstone in the garden, rested for a few minutes in the warm morning sunshine, quite late for this year's emergence?
Very - but it might have been sleeping for a few weeks and been disturbed. They tend to go into hibernation quite quickly so they often look pretty fresh even in March - it's flying around that gets them tatty rather than age per se.
Reported so far this spring
Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Orangetip, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Large Tortoiseshell, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma
Holkham Coastal Path yesterday - Pine Hawkmoth on toilet door frame in visitor centre, Dark green Fritillary (4) on dunes and 3 White Letter Hairstreak on Elm by Washington Hide.
Horsey Gap today - about 20 Dark Green Fritillary and same numbers of Small Heath but no sign of Grayling.
Also Silver Washed Fritillary at Strumpshaw Fen.
OK. this is weird, but I've just had a report of Duke of Burgundy seen yesterday at Cley. Reporter is familiar with the species, so seems likely. No idea how it would end up in Norfolk, given nearest colony is Bedfordshire, but being on the coast is interesting. Worth keeping your eyes open if you're around that way.

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