Got a lift out at lunchtime with Brian 'Natural Stone' Stone and Mike 'Weedon's World of Nature' Weedon to one of my favourite spots, Bedford Purlieus NNR. Finally, other people are seeing the light and what a fantastic place it is!
We were on the lookout for White-letter Hairstreak and White Admiral butterflies. We failed on the first count, but scored on the second, thanks to an excellent piece of spotting by Brian. The beautiful beast was up in a tree and was unphotographable, unfortunately. Still, it was a lifer for two of us and a ‘PBC tick’ for the other.
Speckled Woods were plentiful, though, and easily photographed.
This is a Soldier Beetle, Rhagonycha fulva, I think.
What's in my CD player: Aw Cmon - Lambchop