The Wood White is one of the reserves flag ship butterflies, and is a rare species in Britain. It has two broods a year. The 1st brood fly from late April to the end of June and, the 2nd brood, from early July to late August.
1st brood Wood Whites copulating
2nd brood Wood White, female
Please go to the 2.6.2016 for more information on the Wood Whites of Chiddingfold Wood.
And the 4.9.2015 for the life cycle of the 1st and 2nd brood Wood Whites.
Green Hairstreaks are building in numbers after a few bleak years and fly from late April to June
Small Coppers have become a rarity in this wood and, are very rarely seen. This is a male Small Copper [which is smaller than the female] feeding on Fleabane, commonly found locally.
Brimstones are on the other hand, are doing well and, can be seen flying tirelessly up and down the woodland rides. Brimstones only have one brood but overwinter as a butterfly.
Here a male is trying to mate with a female, but the female is rebuffing the male, while another male is sitting to one side, waiting....
The Comma another hibernator, has fallen in numbers over the last couple of years, but can still be found in small numbers
The Green-veined White is regularly seen, with males continually seeking out females along the sunny woodland rides. In the photo below is a 2nd brood male.
The Dingy Skipper is found in small numbers but, are increasing in number
|Male Dingy Skipper|
The Grizzled Skipper can still be found here, but for how much longer? As the population of this lovely little insect has fallen drastically.
|Male Grizzled Skipper|
Small Whites are also seen within Oaken Wood, but their numbers fluctuate yearly.
|A newly emerged Small White female|
Another of our hibernators, the Peacock is frequently seen here.
As is the Small Tortoiseshell.
|Female Small Tortoiseshell|
The Small Skippers are found just about everywhere, and a lovely little butterfly thats so full of energy.
|Male Small skipper|
|Female Large Skipper|
Essex Skippers are also found here albeit in small numbers.
|Male Essex Skipper|
|Female Speckled Wood|
Marble Whites are doing very well here and are spreading throughout the Chiddingfold Wood complex.
|Female Marbled White|
Meadow Browns are another butterfly that is found here in very good numbers.
|Male Meadow Brown|
|Male Red Admiral extracting salts from a discarded Snail shell|
White Admiral another butterfly that can easily been seen here , even though numbers had fallen, but seem to be making a recovery.
|Male White Admiral|
|A 1st instar Purple Hairstreak larva|
Brown Hairstreaks are very rarely seen here even though the eggs are found quite easily.
|Male Brown Hairstreak|
|Female Small Heath|
|Male Silver-washed Fritillary on Bramble flower, a favourite with this species for nectar|
|A freshly emerged male Holly Blue|
|Male Orange-tip on Wood Spurge, a plant that attracts a lot of woodland insects|
|Female Common Blue|
|One of the Brown Argus that was seen last year|
|Male Purple Emperor taking salts|
The photo everyone wants...