Apparently, this practice of butterflies grouping together on muck etc is to take sodium salts ( Girl Butterflies are not wanted ) this is an almost entirely male preserve, sometimes referred to as “pudding” or a “puddle club”. The whole thing is connected with reproduction.
When out walking I saw fourteen species of butterfly, there were plenty of all of them and a few moths.
The two photos below the Comma and Brimstone are of a Silver Washed Fritillary, identification from the underwing colouring and the broad scent scales on surface of three veins on the upper wing. There have been reports in the past of these butterflies on Wimpole Estate but this is the first time for a photo of them. There were several around the Gloucesters woodland belt area
A “Y” shaped moth…
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