12 July 2010

Windmill Hill

Manged by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Windmill Hill Reserve is a limestone grassland escarpment which is good for Butterflies and wildflowers. when I visited it was a nice sunny July day but quite windy. There were still a lot of Butterflies about but photographing them was quite tricky in the wind

Windmill Hill Nature Reserve

Windmill Hill Nature Reserve - entrance

Field Scabious
I haveScabious growing in pots on my Patio and it is very popular with Butterflies and other insects. It is just as popular in its wild form.

Common Centaury (?)

Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonus

Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonus
Very similar to the Meadow Brown butterfly at first glance. Gatekeeper has two white dots in the "eyes" on the wings compared to the Meadow Brown's one dot. And Gatekeeper also has much more Orange in its wings.

Marbled White - Melanargia galathea
A lot of these in the reserve

Six-spot Burnet - Zygaena filipendulae

Thick Legged Flower Beetle - Oedemera nobilis (female)
 Just to prove that the Scabious is popular with other insects as well. The "Thick Legged" refers to the enlarged thighs of the male so this female is not really living up to the name.

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