Nice to find a large dragonfly flying around the garden
It finally settled and revealed itself as a Southern Hawker
This is Gatekeeper – lovely orange and brown with 2 white spots on each wing
The first gatekeepers of the year have emerged in my garden. Gatekeepers are also known as hedge browns.
Attractive summer butterflies which can be identified by their bright orange brown colours and the black spot on the forewing which contains two white dots. The similar looking meadow brown is duller and only has one white spot in the black dot.
This is a species of butterfly which is doing pretty well – it is also spreading northwards into Cumbria and Yorkshire – as a result of climate change it won’t be long before it gets to Scotland.
Now July is here along with the sunshine our meadows are full of brown butterflies. Initially they can all look the same but with a bit of practice you can tell them apart. Here is how to.
So I recommend you get outside and see if you can spot all three species – the meadows at Parke and the orchard at Lydford Gorge are good places to start – as is your garden.