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On Wednesday I made my second visit to Aberbargoed Grasslands National Nature Reserve with my friend Sharon. Last time we dipped on seeing the Marsh fritillaries because it was too overcast; this time, we dipped again because the recent spell of hot dry weather has meant their season has finished for the year. Still, we have now walked most of the paths around the reserve so we’ll know exactly where to look next year. And, though we missed out the fritillaries, there were still plenty of other butterflies and moths to charm and delight us.

180705 1 small heath

Small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

180705 2 Ringlet

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

180705 3 Small skipper

Small skipper (Lycaena phlaeas)

180705 4 Large skipper

Large skipper (Lycaena dispar)

180705 5 Burnet companion

Burnet companion (Euclidia glyphica)

180705 6 Pyrausta purpuralis

Common purple & gold (Pyraustra purpuralis)

180705 7 Riband wave

Riband wave (Idaea aversata)

180705 8 Silver Y

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)