23rd July

A visit with Fuzz on the motorcycles to Bentley Wood in search of the Purple Emperor, with most time spent around Donkey Copse area.

Our mission was successful with several Emperors seen, though none on the ground (it was possibly we were nearing the end of the “grounding” part of the flight season), and photography was therefore difficult.

Nonetheless, a good (but tiring) day, with the best “other” sighting being two valesina specimens of the Silver Washed Fritillary (a new sighting for both of us), though frustratingly they both eluded photography.

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