Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Clouded Yellows at Hayling Island

Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus, 2 males
Yesterday I joined Mark at Hayling Island to search for a Long-tailed Blue photographed in a car park the previous day. Although we did not find the butterfly, there were many others nectaring during the sunny morning, though cloud spoiled the fun after lunch. Species seen: Clouded Yellows (2 males, 1 female), Painted Lady, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Holly Blues, Common Blues, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Speckled Wood and many Gatekeepers nectaring on Sea Lavender. We then visited Thorney Island but did not see many flowering plants and therefore few butterflies. We saw one Clouded Yellow.
Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus, 2 males
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus, male

These two males had periodic disagreements about territory, but soon got back to the business of nectaring after crossing the channel from France:

Cochylis molliculana
Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus
Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus
Honey Bee, Apis mellifera
This bee had the most pollen I have ever seen on a bee.

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Sea Lavender, Limonium vulgare
Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea, male

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