Thursday, 30 July 2015

Mill Hill butterflies

Peacock, Inachis io
On Wednesday I did my Mill Hill transect: Brimstone, Chalkhill Blue 4, Comma, Common Blue, Essex skipper, Gatekeeper 51, Green-veined White, Marbled White 2, Meadow Brown 17, Painted Lady, Peacock 14, Red Admiral 4, Small White, moths: Six-spot Burnet 8, Rush Veneer. The patch of Hemp Agrimony  at the top of the hill was covered in Red Admirals, Peacocks,  a Painted Lady and a Comma. Chalkhill Blues have made a very poor start which is following the trend of Common and Adonis Blues on the site. As I stooped to photograph Wild Basil I noticed a black Adder curled up.
When I returned home a huge Harvestman greeted me on the door and at 8:15pm Sue noticed a rainbow on the horizon.
Buddleia, Buddleia davidii

This buddleia is usually a butterfly magnet and always has Peacocks and Red Admirals when in flower. I only saw Peacocks this time, and most of the action was on the nearby Hemp Agrimony.

Comma, Polygonia c-album
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola
micro moth - id needed

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Peacock, Inachis io
Ploughman's-spikenard, Inula conyzae
Ragwort, Jacobaea vulgaris
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Six-Spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae
Wild Basil, Clinopodium vulgare
Red Harvestman, Opilio canestrinii
Adder, Vipera berus

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