Epping Forest - Late Summer/Early Autumn.

by Christian Moss October. 06, 2017 2851 views
Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Two neonate lizards basking in the autumnal sunshine.

Such a wonderful time of year.

Small Heath

Small Heath

Wanstead Park Small Heath.

Still plenty of butterflies around.

Adder

Adder

Very lucky to see two melanistic adders in one morning.

This was the smaller of the two.

Wasp Spider

Wasp Spider

Wasp spider of Wanstead park.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper of Wanstead Park.

Many UK butterfly species continue to fly through September and beyond and, with few wildflowers in bloom at this time of year, butterflies are more likely to visit gardens for that vital drink of nectar. 

adder (Vipera berus)

adder (Vipera berus)

Female adder seen on site two.

adder (Vipera berus)

adder (Vipera berus)

This was the bigger female melanistic adder.

Cattle

Cattle

Long horn cattle of Epping Forest.

More than 1,000 years of grazing by domestic animals has shaped the landscape of the Forest today.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Wanstead Park Red Admiral.

Sightings of the Red Admiral can continue well into November on sunny days and they are often reported during December, January and February when almost all other species of butterfly are unlikely to be seen.

Natrix.

Natrix.

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Brown Argus - Aricia agestis

Brown Argus - Aricia agestis

Brown Argus of Wanstead Park.

Dragonfly.

Dragonfly.

Wanstead Park - Migrant Hawker.

It flies late into the autumn and is likely to be the only Hawker found in November

adder (Vipera berus)

adder (Vipera berus)

Male Adder.

Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Common lizard basking on heather.

Adder

Adder

Throughout their range, melanistic (black) adders are not uncommon in the wild and they may even be more successful than the normal colour form as their darkened skin cells means that they can have a thermoregulatory advantage, and can warm up quicker. Black individuals can therefore feed on days which would be too cold for other individuals. These advantages can be offset by an increased risk of being discovered and eaten by predators compared to the normal-coloured specimens which are better camouflaged.

Juvenile Adder.

Juvenile Adder.

Juvenile Adder.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper of Wanstead Park.

Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Spot the lizard.

Adder

Adder

Black Adder (again).

Common Lizard

Common Lizard

Neonate lizard shedding it's skin.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper of Wanstead Park.

Natrix

Natrix

Juvenile grass snake size comparison.

Small White

Small White

Small white seen in the old sewage works.

Natrix

Natrix

Grass snake.

Brown Argus - Aricia agestis

Brown Argus - Aricia agestis

Brown Argus wings down.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper of Wanstead Park.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper of Wanstead Park.

natrix

natrix

Juvenile natrix.

natrix

natrix

Grass Snake of Wanstead Park.

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Copper of Wanstead Park.

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Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 6 months ago

You continue to give your audience such a splendid show!
Superb series once again. Mxx

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 3 years, 6 months ago

What an amazing set of photos - love them all! I really must get myself down to Epping Forest sometime soon.....

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 6 months ago

Brilliant series! Thanks for sharing these amazing captures! WOW!!!

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 6 months ago

Stunning beautiful photos.
#22 is adorable!

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
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