Monday, 4 April 2016

Brimstones, Peacocks & Commas

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni on primrose
On Saturday I visited Rewell Wood with Mark Colvin and the sunny day rewarded us with three species of butterflies. Firecrests were heard and the resident pair of Marsh Tits were seen near a pile of manure, no doubt feeding on the flies. Along the rides many Brimstones were fluttering, up to 20 in total. Some of the warm sheltered paths had up to 3 Peacocks conducting aerial combat. We also saw 5 Commas, including two at a place where I see one every year. A Fox Moth larva crossed a path and a Mistle Thrush pecked around on a pasture. Bumble Bees and Bee Flies were nectaring on the many primroses bordering the rides.

Bumblebee, Bombus Species
Comma, Polygonia c-album

Dark-edged Bee-fly, Bombylius major
Dark-edged Bee-fly
Dark-edged Bee-fly
Dark-edged Bee-fly in flight
Fox Moth larva, Macrothylacia rubi
Peacock, Inachis io

Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus

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