And no surprise that disturbance over the weekend has moved them all on.
But the various strolls over the two days did produce some surprises - on the rifle range there were large numbers of newly-emerged Common Blues, looking fresh and bright. I'd estimate that there are at least 100 in the area by the gate, more than I've seen together before.
The next surprise may shock some - it' a scary sight. While photographing a blue, I noticed this large Wasp Spider, on her web in the grass. It's another newcomer that's expanding its range at temperatures rise. If you don't know this spider it's worth reading about it here. As usual the male pays for his pleasure.
The zigzag part of the web is called a stabilimentum apparently.
A couple of feet away I then found another web with a similar but smaller Wasp Spider. I had presumed it was a male, but they are even smaller and without the vivid markings [thanks Greenie!]. This web had no stabilimentum.
Time for another surprise - three Wall butterflies were seen on the shingle of the rifle range, the first for me in Kingsdown.Next surprises:
Autumn Gentian flowering (it's August, for goodness' sake) in the Goat Field, and
There were still plenty of Chalkhill Blues there, being buffetted by the wind, and I found the butterfly that I was looking for tucked away in the shelter of a ditch -
here's a Silver-Spotted Skipper for you Mary!