Last year, I noted 3 possibly 4 Dingy Skippers at Bovingdon Brickworks (BMT), which is pretty good going given the other county records. Adults emerge the first week of May so I optimistically visited the Brickworks at the end of last week. No luck. But, today, I was really chuffed to find 2, although keeping track of them and getting even one photograph proved tricky. Best effort below - hopefully there will be other opportunities in the coming weeks.
[More on the Dingy Skippers, including a mating pair, HERE]
|Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages), Bovingdon Brickworks, 4 May 2015|
There’s no sign yet of last year’s Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) colony. The only other butterflies I saw today were 3 Small White (Pieris rapae), 5 Peacock (Aglais io) and 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae). Not great going for warm conditions (15°C) with sunny spells.