However as I returned to the car I thought my time was up, flying horizontally and straight at my nose in direct flight was this black thing – I was waiting for it to go straight up my nose and drlll it's way into my brain – 'Alien sixteen' or whatever number they are up to. Needless to say it didn't but shot past. Strewth! Talk about Close Encounters!
As I was by a meadow and after the rain the sun was coming out... the results follow. Now while 5 Spot Burnets may be considered 'common' and I recall seeing the odd one, I have never seen so many in one place in such a short period. I was in the right place as they were emerging everywhere... well not everywhere like a plague of locusts, just lots of 'em. So here are a few photos of the spotted black things and their friends in the same field... I think they are 5 Spot Burnets, please correct me if I'm wrong as I know nowt.
|Drying and flexing the wings|
|Feeding, or about to...|
|'probiscus' if that's the right word|
|five feeding on vetch, note wing damage|
|anyone know what the beetle is?|
|with Meadow Brown|
|... and a female large skipper|
|and another skipper cos I like the photo – from a different location|