Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

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After so long away from home, it was nice to get out in the Forest of Dean this afternoon. The sun was shining and there were a good number of insects on the wing. This is one of three Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries seen today, along with Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Common Blue, Large Skipper. The highlight of the dragonflies today was a Golden-ringed. Woodlark still singing, Tree Pipits still displaying and a Cuckoo still calling. It’s almost like I was never away!

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Common Blue

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This was one of a larger than usual list of species seen this weekend in the Forest, including some of the local ‘star’ species such as the Goshawk. The Common Blue is, as its name suggests, common, but that doesn’t diminish its appearance.