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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Noar Hill - Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina L.)

Having noted a window of opportunity in the weather forecast this afternoon - we headed to Noar Hill, where Duke of Norfolk butterfly have been reported since the 18th of April.

Hitting the briefest of sunny patches between 13:00 and 15:00 we were lucky to find up to 8 individuals, a fine showing in comparison to the singles of orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines), brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and holly blue (Celastrina argiolus). Also of note was a common purple and gold moth (Pyrausta purpuralis), and a common or dark bordered bee-fly (Bombylius major).

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