10 MINUTES OF ABBOTTS WOOD MADNESS

Not in the garden

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Abbott’s Wood in East Sussex is absolutely beautiful. I spent a couple of hours on Sunday, desperately looking for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne). 

The Pearl-bordered Fritillary is absolutely stunning, but it’s not far from extinction even though you could see literally thousands in my lifetime. It only exists at 2 sites in Sussex and one of those features a deliberately reintroduced colony.

Anyway, I walked for a couple of hours, got lost a few times, and found 3 likely sites but didn’t see a single butterfly (although lots of Speckled Yellows – a very attractive day-flying moth that never seems to settle).

Finally, 10 minutes from the car park (and lost) I saw my first PBF. Within 30 seconds I noticed a lovely fresh Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) and a pair of mating Small Coppers (Lycaena phlaeas).

Ace 🙂

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