Butterflies at Messingham Sand Quarry

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Brown Argus
I hadn't been to Messingham for some time and, like Far Ings last week there was an incredible change in the reserve. Again the vegetation had grown up tremendously and many plants were now in flower especially the large areas of Rose-bay Willowherb. I had gone with Roger looking for dragonflies. However, although there were both southern and brown hawkers about they were very reluctant to perch, even for a distant shot with the 100-400 lens and so we were unsuccessful in photographing them. We did manage to get shots of female and male ruddy darter however. Butterflies were plentiful though and we were able to photograph all species we found and the pictures are in latest images. These include: gatekeeper, large white, green veined white, small copper, brown argus, ringlet, common blue and second brood brimstones. There were also a few speckled woods still on the wing. For a very bright butterfly when on the wing it was amazing to see brimstones 'disappear' when they settled if the sun went in. They look incredibly like leaves especially of the plentiful birch. It was also pleasing to see green and greater spotted woodpeckers and the marsh harriers that have bred here have successfully fledged three young which are now on the wing.