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White-letter Hairstreak - Freeman's Wood

Posted by P Crooks 
White-letter Hairstreak - Freeman's Wood
July 29, 2019 05:46PM
One White-letter Hairstreak nectaring on bramble by the path on the south side of Freeman's Wood (SD460612) at 2.30 pm this afternoon.

Fourteen species of butterfly along the cycle track between Freeman's Wood and Ashton Hall Lake, including 40 Painted Lady nectaring on knapweed and all, except one worn individual, in pristine condition.

Also: Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood (at least 50), Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.

Pete C

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30/07/2019 01:04PM by P Crooks.
Re: White-letter Hairstreak - Freeman's Wood
August 12, 2019 05:03PM
Are there any elm (including suckers from destroyed tree stumps) or wych elm in Freeman's Wood, does anyone know? That's the hope for white-letter hairsteaks to breed, I think - their primary food plant, although they also feed on brambles, thistles and hemp agrimony (the latter seems to be abundant this year in some places).

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