Friday, 8 May 2015

Herring Gulls and a Small Heath

Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
On Wednesday afternoon I visited Arundel WWT to search for micro fauna. Later I witnessed a pair of Herring Gulls mating on the island in front of the viewing room - interesting balancing act and interactions.
  My Mill Hill transect on Thursday morning showed the first Common Blues reported in Sussex this year: Brimstone 3, Common Blue 2, Dingy Skipper 13, Green Hairstreak 3, Green-veined White 2, Grizzled skipper 2, Peacock 1, Small Heath 1. Later I saw plenty more Dingies and Green Hairsteaks nectaring on horseshoe vetch. Moths seen: Pyrausta nigrata, P. purpuralis and Violet Cosmets on daisies. 
  Later at Kithurst Meadow I saw a Speckled Wood, a Dingy Skipper, Peacocks, G-V Whites, Red-fringed Conches, Common Carpet Moth and a Downland Bell (Rhopobota stagnana), a rare find.
14-spot Ladybirds
Alderfly, Sialis lutaria
Cuckoo Bee, Nomada ruficornis
Green Chironomid midge
Herring Gulls mating, Larus argentatus
"get on with it then"
Hoverfly, Helophilus pendulus
Ichneumon Wasp, id needed
Long-legged fly, Argyra species
Migrant Hoverfly, Meliscaeva auricollis
Mottled Umber larva, Erannis defoliaria
Noon Fly, Mesembrina meridiana
Slender Ground-hopper, Tetrix subulata
Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus
Common Clothes Moth, Tineola bisselliella
This was an unwelcome visitor inside our front door.

Mill Hill:
Click beetle, Agrypnus murinus

Click beetle, Athous haemorrhoidalis
Cocksfoot Moth, Glyphipterix simpliciella
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Common Milkwort, Polygala vulgaris
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
Green Hairstreak on Horseshoe Vetch

Song Thrush egg, Turdus philomelos
Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella
Kithurst meadow:
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Copse Snail, Arianta arbustorum
Cowslips, Primula veris

Crab Spider, Xysticus cristatus

Downland Bell, Rhopobota stagnana
a rare find!
Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana
Red-fringed Conch

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