HEDGE BROWN or GATEKEEPER
Two more chalk hill blues were seen on the cliffs in t`afternoon.
Thursday went in search of the Purple Emperor in Dene Park had a brief sighting of two butterflies in the top of the master oak at 9am,but the similarity to white admiral at distance meant I could not be certain and as there were no further signs of them on high and a dozen or more white admirals in the wood lower down....we`ll never know.
Eventually found a silver washed fritillary
A nice southern hawker came along and a brown hawker came and had a good look at me,dont think it had a camera though.
After a frustrating morning went off to Lullingstone hoping for a better result with the Dark Green Fritillaries,it was soon evident that there were quite a few flying around so it was just a matter of patience to get a few shots off.
DARK GREEN FRITILLARY
With all the doom and gloom about the weather killing off our butterflies,some are doing better than others and certainly at Lydden they seem to be holding up quite well,so time will tell I guess. We have not had the deluges suffered by many areas which is a great advantage.
Last but not least the Costa Romantica called in at Dover on tuesday and left without a scratch .