Saturday, 11 June 2016

Damsels, micro-moths and Plovers

Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
At an Arundel site on Tuesday June 7th I found a new* micro-moth, a Broad-blotch Drill (Dichrorampha alpinana), which is new to my micro-moth galleries, and a Cocksfoot Moth on an oxeye daisy, which is the food plant of the Broad-blotch Drill. I found a Comfrey Ermel moth which turns up here every year among the swathe of comfrey. A female Broad-bodied Chaser posed on a stick, Blue-tailed Damselflies were everywhere and a Red-headed Cardinal Beetle wandered around on a comfrey leaf.
  On June 8th I found two new* micro-moths at Kithurst Meadow: Knapweed Bell (Epiblema cirsiana) and Ragwort Bell (Epiblema costipunctana). In addition I saw a Silver Y, Meadow Grey and plenty of Diamond-backs, Cinerous Pearls and Grass Rivulets. I found one early instar (10mm) Emperor larva on dogwood. I saw my first Meadow Brown of the season, a single individual flitting around the meadow. There were plenty of Small Blues, including one taking salts from something nameless on the path. I Also saw a pristine Speckled Wood, male & female Brimstones, Common Blues and a Red-headed Cardinal Beetle.
  On June 10th we visited the beach and spotted a pair of Ringed Plovers.
(* meaning new to my galleries)
Arundel, June 7:
Blue-tailed Damselfly immature ♀, Ischnura elegans f. rufescens 
Blue-tailed Damselfly ♂
Blue-tailed Damselfly ♂
Blue-tailed Damselfly ♂ on Oxeye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare
Blue-tailed Damselfly, teneral
Broad-blotch Drill, Dichrorampha alpinana
Broad-bodied Chaser ♀, Libellula depressa
Cinerous Pearl, Anania fuscalis
Cocksfoot Moth, Glyphipterix simpliciella on Oxeye Daisy
Comfrey Ermel, Ethmia quadrillella
Comfrey Ermel
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis
Broad Centurion, Chloromyia formosa
unidentified fly
Nettle Clustercup Rust, Puccinia caricina
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle
Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis
Kithurst Meadow, June 8:
Alder Spittlebug, Aphrophora alni
Apple Fruit Weevil, Tatianaerhynchites aequatus
Emperor larva early instar, Saturnia pavonia
Emperor larva early instar on Dogwood
Glow-worm larva, Lampyris noctiluca
Glow-worm larva
Grass bug nymph, Leptopterna species
Grass Rivulet, Perizoma albulata
Knapweed Bell, Epiblema cirsiana
Knapweed Bell
Knapweed Bell
Meadow Grey, Scoparia pyralella on Hemp Agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
Ragwort Bell, Epiblema costipunctana
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Small Blue taking salts, Cupido minimus
Speckled Bush Cricket nymph, Leptophyes punctatissima
Twayblade, Neottia ovata
Unmarked Neb, Eulamprotes unicolorella
Unmarked Neb
Wild rose, Rosa species
Wild rose
Sussex beach: June 10
Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Yellow Horned Poppy, Glaucium flavum

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