Monday, 11 April 2011
This photograph is not, alas, mine - but, in the course of a butterflytastic weekend of summer heat, I did have the delight of seeing an Orange Tip on an Honesty flower, in my own garden, what's more. Orange Tips were flying in numbers around Box Hill, whither I took off on Saturday morning, in the hope of perhaps spotting an early Greeen Hairstreak or Dingy Skipper. Those hopes were not rewarded (well, it's still early April), but I was greeted by my first Speckled Wood of the year, and my first Holly Blues, as well as Brimstones and Peacocks galore. My species tally now stands at nine, which is not bad considering that I've yet to see a Red Admiral or Tortoiseshell this year. The garden too was enlivened by patrolling Holly Blues (so blue!) as well as several Orange Tips. As for the wild flowers on Saturday's walk - a glorious medley of musical names: violets, cowslips, windflowers, primroses, periwinkle, cleandine, cuckoo flowers, jack by the hedge, wild strawberries - and, already, bluebells in full flower. Bee flies (those strange hovering creatures with the long hummingbird-like proboscis) were hanging in shafts of sunlight, warblers were singing (or chiffchaffing) lustily, and I even saw a lizard basking - just as if it was summer. It isn't of course, but what a blessing of a weekend!