Lepidoptera

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

MY RECORD OF LEPIDOPTERA SEEN AROUND WIMPOLE

THE BUTTERFLIES

We’ve had our early broods of butterflies, the Brimstone, Peacocks, Tortoise shells, Commas, Red Admirals and a very good year for the Holly Blues but not so good for the early Common Blues, maybe the second brood in August and September will be better.

Comma Comma

Brimstone Brimstone

Holly Blue Holly Blue

Common Blue Common Blue

At the moment there are areas of Wimpole Estate where there are clouds of butterflies, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Marbled Whites, Gatekeepers, Small Heaths and the little moth like Skippers. They all seem to be everywhere, field margins and the long grass areas.

Marbled White Marbled White

Ringlet Ringlet

Gate Keeper Gate Keeper

Small Skipper Small Skipper

One butterfly that has been plentiful in the past has been the Speckled Wood, last year numbers seem to have dropped off and at the moment I’ve seen less than five this year.

Speckled Wood Speckled Wood

The two most recent additions to the…

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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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