Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit – 09/07/13

Paid a brief visit to Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit with the hope of finding some Marbled Whites Melanargia galathea to photograph, one of my favourite species, despite them only being black and white. With the low numbers encountered for the spring species, the numbers of butterflies I found on the wing when I arrived, was a bit of a revelation. The following species were all recorded and all figures are conservative estimates 300+ Marbled Whites M. galathea, 50+ Common Blues Polyommatus icarus, 100+ Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina, 30+ Ringlets Aphantopus hyperantus, 20+ Large Skippers Ochlodes venatus, 30+ Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus and a single Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria. Quite a spectacle, shame I had to depart so quickly for work! though not before managing to photograph all species present.

Marbled White - Melanargia galatheaMarbled White – Melanargia galathea

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarusCommon Blue – Polyommatus icarus

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtinaMeadow Brown – Maniola jurtina

Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantusRinglet – Aphantopus hyperantus

Large Skipper - Ochlodes venatusLarge Skipper – Ochlodes venatus

Small Heath - Coenonympha pamphilusSmall Heath – Coenonympha pamphilus

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria