Monday, 27 July 2015

Dark Green Fritillaries and Painted Lady

male Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja
Last Thursday on Mill Hill the Marjoram and Hemp Agrimony at the top of the hill were covered in Peacocks, Red Admirals, a Painted Lady and a male and female Dark Green Fritillary. I have only recorded one DGF in the previous 4 years and wonder where they have come from. Moths: Lime-speck Pug larva on Knapweed (Eupithecia centaureata), many Silver Ys and Six-spot Burnets, Small Purple and Gold, Straw-barred Pearl. My count: Chalkhill Blue 31, Comma, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary 2, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper 73, Green-veined White 3, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White 11, Meadow Brown 40, Painted Lady, Peacock 6, Red Admiral 8, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White 4.
  The following day we called in at Woods Mill and I saw a Water Rail from the bridge.

late note: I originally misidentified a female Common Blue as a Brown Argus, thanks to my colleague Mark for pointing out my misdemeanour!
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon
female Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Common Restharrow, Ononis repens
Common Shrew, Sorex araneus
female Dark Bush Cricket, Pholidoptera griseoaptera 
female Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja
Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola
Field Bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis
Field Scabius, Knautia arvensis
white form of Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa
Greater Knapweed
Lady's Bedstraw, Galium verum
Lime-speck Pug larva, Eupithecia centaureata
Mill Hill views

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

Peacock, Inachis io
Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Six-Spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae
Six-Spot Burnet
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata

Woods Mill:
Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus

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