Monday, 28 July 2014

Painted Lady, Wall and an Angles Shades larva

Common Blues mating, Polyommatus icarus plus another male
On Sunday I visited Cissbury Ring and I photographed a large number of summer butterfly species, including Painted Lady, Dark Green Fritillary and Wall. There were also Whites, probably Green-veined and a Red Admiral. Plenty of Chalkhill Blues were flying. Several species had Red Mites (Trombidium breei) attached to them.
At home I finally found the munching caterpillar that has been decimating a mint plant on the balcony. It is an Angle Shades larva and is most welcome to its chosen foodplant. We will follow its progress with interest.
Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon
Chalkhill Blues mating, Lysandra coridon
female Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
male Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
male Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja
Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola with Red Mite, Trombidium breei
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea with Red Mite, Trombidium breei
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
Red Bartsia, Odontites vernus
Six-Spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
male Wall, Lasiommata megera
male Wall, Lasiommata megera
Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare
Angle Shades larva on mint, Phlogophora meticulosa
It should turn into this moth:
Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa
(October 11, 2013)

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