Thursday, 2 July 2015

Marbled Whites rule the roost

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea on
Slender St John's Wort, Hypericum pulchrum
My Mill Hill transect yesterday morning was bursting with Marbled Whites and the first Gatekeepers: Adonis Blue, Brimstone, Gatekeeper 6, Marbled White 74, Meadow Brown 10, Red Admiral 2, Small Heath 19, Whites 2, moths: Cinnabar, Common Purple and Gold 4, Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Satin Grass-veneer, Straw-barred Pearl, Yellow Shell plus a Mullein Moth caterpillar. 
This was the first opportunity to try my new 105mm micro-nikkor lens. All shots at f/22-40 unless stated.

This morning I arrived at Fairmile Bottom at 6:15am and found a few Marbled Whites flying but most were still roosting. There were also Ringlets, Meadow Browns, a few Dark Green Fritillaries plus Satin Grass-veneer and Cinerous Pearl moths.
Mill Hill:
Beaked Hawk's-beard, Crepis vesicaria
Bedstraw, Galium species
Centaury, Centaurium erythraea
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Eyebright, Euphrasia species
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Hedya nubiferana
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Barred Marble, Celypha striana
Mullein Moth larva, Shargacucullia verbasci

Satin Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata
Wild Thyme, Thymus serpyllum
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata
Yellow-spot Twist, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Fairmile Bottom:
Cinerous Pearl, Anania fuscalis
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea
Marbled White

Marbled White
Marbled White with Red Mite larvae, Trombidium breei
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis
Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
Satin Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella f. warringtonellus
Slender St John's Wort, Hypericum pulchrum
Tiger Craneflies mating, Nephrotoma flavescens
Wild rose, Rosa species

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