Preston Down, Paignton

A visit to Preston Down this afternoon was rewarded with an egglaying female brown hairstreak shown to us immediately we arrived on site. Normally this species is much more elusive! Other butterflies included holly blue, common blue (both in good numbers), speckled wood, gatekeeper, meadow brown and large white; also southern hawker and common darter dragonflies. Bird interest was limited in the mid afternoon heat, the best being a hunting sparrowhawk.

Brown hairstreak, female
Brown hairstreak, female

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife