Thursday, 13 July 2017
Midsummer indulgence over a couple of weekends in Ditton Park Wood, Newmarket enjoying a very healthy show of Purple Emperors. It is a cracking site and an easy visit with a two year old in tow, so family friendly that we took 4 young uns out and while the adults absorbed themselves in Iris the kids disappeared into the woods to make dens and go native.
Himself twice and Her Majesty, on one leaf
Purple Hairstreaks are having a bonanza, every Oak and Ash combination have hairstreaks whizzing within their canopy and at Ditton Park Wood the canopy has been heaving with them in the right spots. We were lucky and did follow one down, after several hours, onto a low level Hazel leaf. Buzzing around nearby was a freshly emerged Southern Hawker, just gorgeous.