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Meadow Brown and Marbled White, Rutland

Yesterday I visited Bloody Oaks Quarry, which as usual proved a haven for butterflies including double figures of Silver-washed Fritillary. Amongst others, I also saw Brown Argus and Small Heath.

This Black-striped Longhorn Beetle was the second I have seen at this site – the other was in 2015.

Other notable butterflies seen locally over the past week have included White-letter Hairstreak and Holly Blue.

I’m unsure about the local status of Giant Woodwasp – this one in Oakham – can anyone advise? Note its size in relation to the brick!

Black-striped Longhorn, Bloody Oaks

Giant Woodwasp, Oakham

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Meadow Brown, Rutland

Meadow Brown, Rutland

Even in these times of unpredictable climate, I don’t expect to see one of these until the summer.

As mentioned last year, I have decided to devote one more year to mapping for the Rutland Butterfly Atlas (mainly to address a few remaining questions about skippers and hairstreaks). The results should be published early in 2017.

The structure of the book, most of the images and some of the text are already in draft form. Many thanks to all those who have contributed and helped – you will be acknowledged. Any significant records for this year will also be very welcome.

Accurate local mapping of our butterflies has value both now and for the future. I’m sure we all look forward to that day in March when the temperature rises to 14 degrees and the Brimstones fly again.

Because browns are so ubiquitous in the natural world we tend to take them for granted, or even refer to them disparagingly in expressions like ‘little brown job’ applied to species which are relatively subtle in appearance.

In fact, the composite shades of brown are varied and striking; at one and the same time they can be both cryptic and beautiful. Here are three examples (a butterfly, a mammal and a bird) which I came across recently. See what I mean?

Meadow Brown, Rutland

Meadow Brown, Rutland

Brown Hare, Rutland

Brown Hare, Rutland

Tawny Owl, Rutland

Tawny Owl, Rutland