Having now seen all of the resident Kent butterflies a few away days have to be planned to try and fill in the gaps,last week found me in Cambridgeshire to find the Black Hairstreak,of which I saw precisely one,the briefest of views so no chance of a photograph. Next year an earlier visit will be necessary as I was told by a local that their flight period is very short and should have been over.Whilst in the area and the weather just holding up a visit to Fermyn woods for the Purple Emperor seemed entirely reasonable,this proved more fruitful.
The short toed eagle that took up temporary residence in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex eventually proved too much to resist and was twitched by myself and many others.Silver Studded Blues are found nearby so they were twitched as well.
Something you don`t want in your garden:-
On wednesday went to Lullingstone to see Dark Green Fritillaries
DARK GREEN FRITILLARY
Thursday-back to Ham Street woods and Orlestone forest
Onwards to East Blean and Westbere-
NORFOLK HAWKERS AT WESTBERE
At Temple Ewell the first Chalk Hill Blues are on the wing