|Lavender fields at Lullingstone|
So it was with some surprise that the small silver grey Butterfly which flew up from some bramble next to the path, turned out to be a little more special than I expected, about the size of a Holly Blue butterfly, which was what I expected it to be.
My first ever Purple Hairstreak, posed for a short while, always with its wings closed, which was disappointing, a glimpse of some purple iridescence would have been nice, I read that this particular Hairstreak likes to bask with its wings open, so obviously not in a basking mood.
They feed on the Honeydew found on the Oak trees, occasionally coming down to feed a ground level.
The orange markings could clearly be seen, but I must admit from a distance looked very non- descript
I can't be certain whether this is a male or female, when seen with open wings the male has much more purple on its wings, where the female has a much smaller patch on the upper wings only.
I feel very lucky to have come across this individual, common or not, it will probably be a long time before I see another I expect.
Plenty of other commoner Butterflies to be seen, Meadow Brown, Gatekeepers, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Green Veined White, Small White and a pristine Brimstone passing by at speed.
|Honey Bee and Gatekeeper on Ragwort|
|Green Veined White|
Along the River Darent, plenty of Common Blue Damselflies to be seen and a few of my favourite Banded Demoiselle, still have not seen a female yet this year.
|Common Blue Damselfly|
|male Banded Demoiselle|
Can't resist taking lots of photographs of these as they pose on the riverside vegetation, waiting for a female to appear.
Always an enjoyable walk in this beautiful country park.