Monday, July 16, 2007

Chicksands Wood - 16 July 2007

A new brood Brimstone butterfly laying down fat reserves for the winter. With luck this male will live until next June.

A slightly odd male Gatekeeper with paler than usual hindwings.

A Common lizard basking on a log-pile. With a slow stealthy approach it is possible to get quite close.

I had always suspected that a crab spider could catch a medium-sized butterfly but never seen it before. Here a meadow brown has become a tasty meal for this spider that waited on the flower for a victim.

All four pictures by Keith Balmer.

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