Saturday, 28 April 2012

Tropicals, an adder and Orange-tips


Yesterday I started the day at the Earnley tropical butterfly garden where I met up with Mark. As the sun was shining we headed up to Oaken Wood to check for Wood Whites. I spotted a brown adder in the bushes by the triangle. We saw each other at the same time and both froze and looked at each other for a minute or so, then she slithered off into the leaves. I then called in at Houghton Forest on the way back and saw 3 male Orange-tips, 2 females, a couple of Peacocks a male Brimstone and a Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
Athyma perius, Common Sergeant
Athyma perius, Common Sergeant
Heliconius sara, Sara Longwing
Hypolimnas bolina, Eggfly
Hypolimnas bolina, Eggfly, mating
Idea leuconoe, Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe, Tree Nymph
Junonia lemonias, Lemon Pansy
Kallima inachus, Orange Oakleaf or Dead Leaf

There are many Kallima species and K. Inachus is similar to K. paralekta. I am grateful to Mark Colvin who has made the identification of this specimen. He has studied the specimens at The Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Kallima inachus, Orange Oakleaf or Dead Leaf
Papilio clytia form dissimilis, Common mime
Papilio demoleus, Lime butterfly
Papilio demoleus, Lime butterfly
Papilio demoleus, Lime butterfly
Papilio memnon, Great Mormon
Papilio polytes, Common Mormon
Siproeta stelenes, Malachite
Oaken Wood:
Greater stitchwort, Stellaria holostea


lichen
Longhorn moth, Adela reaumurella, female


Primrose, Primula vulgaris

Houghton Forest:



Bracket fungus

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni, male

Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines, female

Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines, female
Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines, female
Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines, male





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