NORTHANTS TUESDAYWhat a difference a day makes! I received the following from Matthew in Fermyn today, in sharp contrast to yesterday:
No 2 days in the PE season are alike! Considerably fewer sightings today, and no females. I only saw 4 down on the rides (E Ride) and few people did better. I wonder if there were too many folk there? The only person who did significantly better (local lad - forgotten his name) cycled S into Tichmarsh and cleaned up there. Earlier, he photoed a pristine male ab lugenda at the N end of the track across the arable field - I've seen the pix, superb. He is a lovely chap. So pleased for him.
I left at 1pm, by which time they'd virtually stopped flying - too hot, no female emergence today probably, and yesterday evening they were v active till 8pm! I've had them v quiet before after an evening flight. Several SWF seen.
I had an equally frustrating day today, having decided to visit Salcey Forest. The butterflies were reluctant to show them and there was no sign of the PEs seen yesterday. I think it is the extreme heat. However, one was seen from the fourth tee on Silverstone Golf Course, adjacent to Hazelborough Forest from where it presumably came.