Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Branscombe, Devon

  Last weekend we visited Branscombe in Devon, in the hope of seeing the Wood White. It was not the easiest of places to get to but we eventually arrived at the car park next to the beach and took a walk along the coastal footpath. The path runs through woodland set just back from the cliff and there were many spring flowers including Ramsons and Bluebells. There were also lots of Dandelion clocks waiting for the breeze to carry away their seeds.

   Unfortunately we did not see any Wood Whites, but we did see this lovely female Orange Tip. We watched her lay a single white egg on the leaf of a Garlic Mustard plant.


   We passed a few Nettle patches along the path and on one patch we found several ladybirds. The most unusual were these Harlequin Ladybirds. The first photograph is of the male and the second if the female.

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