#205 In search of a flying orange

Every year I make it a ‘must do’ activity to go in search of Silver Washed Fritillaries. I’m occasionally asked how to identify them, and my answer is always along the lines of  – if you see a huge butterfly that glides around a woodland looking like half an orange, it’s a good bet it’s a Silver Washed.  The silver washed bit refers to the underside of the wings.

Half an orange, or a Silver washed Fritillary..

Half an orange, or a Silver washed Fritillary..

I usually head for Powerstock Common, but time was short today so I opted to give Girdlers Coppice a try. I’m glad I did as I spent a couple of hours exploring the lovely DWT Reserve, and found plenty of ‘flying oranges’.  Just as I was leaving, a pair lined themselves up on a leaf to provide me with a great comparison of the sexes shot:

Male on the left (Long lines on forewing), female on the right.

Male on the left (Long lines on forewing), female on the right.

I also spent a bit of time trying to photograph hoverflies in flight. A bit more work required I think!

Almost, but not quite..

Almost, but not quite..

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