Saturday, 1 September 2012

Speckled Bush Cricket

Speckled Bush-cricket, male, Leptophyes punctatissima
Another trip to Steyning yesterday morning produced three Brown Hairstreaks on the ground. There weren’t many photo opportunities as there were other photographers and I stood back while they clicked away. I photographed one that is the same individual I photographed on 28th. It is interesting to see that the scratched areas on the left forewing have turned brown and are much less noticeable than than 3 days before when they were white.
I found a Speckled Bush Cricket which obligingly walked onto a leaf. There were 3 species of Dragonflies flitting around and I wondered how many butterflies they caught. Later I visited the nearby chalk workings on Bostal Road and found a flower I cannot identify and 3 good looking Red Admiral s on a buddleia.
Speckled Bush-cricket, male, Leptophyes punctatissima
female Brown Hairstreak, Thecla betulae
This photo was taken on the 28th - note the white scratch marks

the same individual taken on 31st - the scratch marks have turned brown.

female Brown Hairstreak, Thecla betulae
female Brown Hairstreak, Thecla betulae
Common Darter, female, Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker, male, Aeshna mixta
Ruddy Darter, male, Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy Darter, male, Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy Darter, male, Sympetrum sanguineum
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta

unidentified flower
id needed please

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