Saturday, 15 June 2013

Adonis Blues and Small Heaths

Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus
On Thursday evening I attended SusSAR training near Burgess Hill. We were lucky with the weather and I enjoyed the search on a common and the atmospheric sunset. I had a real call-out at 1am this morning and those attending were pleased to learn on reaching the rendezvous point in mid Sussex that the missing person had been found safe and well.

Yesterday I took advantage of the first sunny afternoon this week to do my Mill Hill butterfly transect. The Adonis Blue count was 125 compared to 100 last week, so they are still building. There were also 4 Brimstone, 5 Dingy Skipper, 2 Large White, 15 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood and 3 other Whites. A Yellowhammer sang from a tree. I tried some more high speed shots of Small Heaths and Dingy Skippers in flight.

female Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus
Adonis Blues mating
after mating (male on left)
Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris
Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Dingy Skippers
Dropwort, Filipendula vulgaris
Meadow buttercups, Ranunculus acris
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus in flight
Small Heath in flight
Small Heath in flight
Small Heath in flight
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
White Bryony, Bryonia dioica
White Bryony, Bryonia dioica
Wild Thyme, Thymus serpyllum
Wild Thyme, Thymus serpyllum
Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella

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