Silver Washed Again

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

Having said the Silver Washed Fritillary butterfly is scarce on Wimpole Estate, I saw them again for the third day in a row and all in different places a good distance apart.

Silver Washed Fritillary Silver Washed Fritillary

Silver Washed Fritillary Silver Washed Fritillary

Their eggs are laid on dog violets for the caterpillars to feed on and the number of violets has been increasing over the past few years. They seem to be unbothered by the close proximity people as I was only 30 cm away when taking the video. Its difficult to differentiate the skipper butterflies but this one was very small and I’m sure is a Small Skipper, anyway its a nice photo with a lot of detail

Small Skipper Small Skipper

There seem to be hundreds of small grass moths and getting photos of them is difficult with the dogs, I suppose this calls for a separate expedition  without the dogs. However I did…

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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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