Borough Hill, our first venue, has received many visits from naturalists over the years so its fauna and flora are fairly well known, but certain groups of organisms, such as spiders, are still in need of recording.
I have expressed alarm over recent weeks about the apparently poor state of the butterflies and moths in this region but today, although they were not abundant, there were reasonable numbers of both to be seen. Skippers in particular were plentiful with the Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris, present in large numbers. The specimen shown is a male, this being confirmed by the dark streak on the forewing.
Small Skippers were very common. A male feeds at red clover.
Borough Hill, Daventry. 2 July, 2017
Essex Skipper? The black tip to the underside of the antennae is just about
visible. Borough Hill, Daventry. 2 July, 2017