A Lepidopterists Day

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole


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

Comma Butterfly Comma Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly Brimstone Butterfly


Full face of the Devil, actually a six spot burnet moth Full face of the Devil, actually a Six Spot Burnet moth

A “Y” shaped moth…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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