A splosh around on Buxton Heath, 31 May 2018

With a little spare time after chores and a visit to see Mum and Dad I ventured out to Buxton Heath for the first time in ages.

I concentrated my efforts in the wet valley finding loads of 'pulchella' Early Marsh Orchids, a confusing array of hybrids (again!), Common Spotted Orchid and eventually a couple of Heath Spotted Orchids. While sploshing about I chanced upon a couple of early emerging Keeled Skimmers, a male Broad-bodied Chaser and several Four-spotted Chasers plus Common Blue butterfly, Latticed Heath moths and a Common Butterwort.

Broad-bodied Chaser

Keeled Skimmer

Heath Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid or hybrid

'pulchella' Early Marsh Orchid

Heath Spotted Orchid

Hybrid - probably Early Marsh x Common Spotted

A monster hybrid

Probable Heath Spotted Orchid

Ragged Robin

Common Butterwort

     Latticed Heath

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