A text to Julian Perry last night to find out if any White letter Hairstreak were on the wing in the Reculver area proved to be a good decision as he had seen 5 earlier the day before. I have never seen this species in the area and tried a number of times last year but the weather did not work in my favour on my visits. With the sun shining and hardly any wind I arrived at Bishopstone and made my way to the area concerned. A few seconds later and a few small butterflies could be seen flying around the Elm trees. They were hard to pick up on and could only be seen for a few seconds at a time. I moved to another area where the viewing was a little better and at last was rewarded with some nice views through the binoculars but frustratingly too far away for any type of shot. I moved on again and checked some more Elms and eventually found some more. I ended up seeing 15+ White letter Hairstreak in the areas I checked and after a bit of waiting and trying, I eventually managed to capture a shot of these hard to see butterflies. I think this shot is a 'work in progress' and hopefully in the next week or so I will be able to find some better viewing areas and maybe get a shot as they come down to nectar on the brambles. Other butterflies seen included 3 Speckled Wood, lots of 'whites', a few Skippers, 1 Red admiral, 3 Comma and 1 Holly Blue.
White letter Hairstreak