Thursday, 6 June 2013

Red-headed Cardinal and a Pretty Chalk Carpet

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis
On Tuesday on another hot but windy day I did my Mill Hill transect with the following result: Adonis Blue 100, Brimstone 1, Dingy Skipper 4, Green-veined White 1, Small heath 24, Wall Brown 1, Whites 3. Adonis and Small Heath are building nicely. There were plenty of Treble-bar moths and some Burnet Companions, plus a new one for me, a Pretty Chalk Carpet. A lovely Red-headed Cardinal Beetle appeared, well named for his fabulous colour, and Common Milkwort is in flower.
Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus
Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus
damaged Common Blue - his wings didn't form properly in the chrysalis
A lot of salts were being taken in. A pile of fresh dog faeces had dozens of Adonis in attendance.
female Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus

Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Common Milkwort, Polygala vulgaris
Carpet of Horseshoe Vetch on Mill Hill - looking south
looking north
Pretty Chalk Carpet moth, Melanthia procellata 
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis
Small Heaths, Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilu
Difficult to capture in-focus high speed shots of the upper wings.
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilu
Treble-bar moth, Aplocera plagiata
Treble-bar moth taking off

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