The first Green Hairstreaks have emerged, spotted by butterfly surveyor Brendan Sheridan on the 3rd. The first Small Copper was also fluttering around the chalk dell on the 4th, occasionally tussling with a territorial Green Hairstreak and a less aggressive Holly Blue.
Also of note, the leaves of Common Spotted and Twayblade Orchids are beginning to form and colour.
|Small Copper on nettle|
|Green Hairstreak nectaring on Forget-me-not. This butterfly rarely feeds so a nice moment to capture|
|The brown upper-wing of the Green Hairstreak. Very rarely seen without the aid of a photographs/video|