Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Swallowtails emerging

male False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis, on Wild rose
I visited Rewell Wood on Wednesday but found nothing new. On Monday I checked out the Chichester wasteland again where Neil had photographed a Continental Swallowtail last Thursday. His find was significant as it was probably the first confirmed emergence from a wild site in Sussex. Neil’s story with photos is worth reading, a brilliant piece of detective work by our Inspector Papillon: http://bit.ly/1iOacT7 Another BC member, Susie, saw a Swallowtail flying north through her Horsham garden.

While I didn’t find anything as exciting as a Swallowtail, I was pleased to see another species of Stonefly, a Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Speckled Woods, Common Blues, Orange-tips and the very attractive Lackey moth caterpillar crawling along the path. There are many interesting flowering plants in this area, including Dark Mullein, Black Medick and Blue Water-speedwell.
Rewell Wood
Dance Fly, Bicellaria vana
fly - id needed please
Garden Snail, Helix aspersa
Hairy Shieldbug, Dolycoris baccarum
Leaf hopper nymph, Edwardsiana rosae
Leaf hopper, Edwardsiana rosae
id needed for this moth
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Chichester site:
Black Medick, Medicago lupulina
Blue Water-speedwell, Veronica anagallis-aquatica
Blue Water-speedwell, Veronica anagallis-aquatica
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Dark Mullein, Verbascum nigrum
Dark Mullein, Verbascum nigrum
False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis, female on Ox-eye Daisy, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Lackey larva, Malacosoma neustria
Nettle Groundbug, Heterogaster urticae
Ox-eye Daisies, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Red Ant workers collecting honeydew from Black aphids
Swallowtail territory
Swallowtail foodplant
White Campion, Silene latifolia
White-lipped snail, Cepaea hortensis

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