Monday, 29 June 2020

White Admirals and Silver-washed Fritillaries

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia
On 26th I visited Rewell Wood and found 4 moths: Yellow-barred Longhorn, Small Magpie, Black-tipped Ermine and the usual Common Marbles, plus a comb-footed spider.
On 28th I decided to try for White Admirals at Southwater Woods. There were many butterflies, and flowering brambles were the best places to find them at rest. Initially I saw lots of Silver-washed Fritillaries dashing around and nectaring and many Commas. The Commas were being aggressive towards other butterflies daring to come into their space. Plenty of Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Large and Small Skippers and Marbled Whites. Just before I returned to the car I spotted 2 White Admirals on one bramble flower head - mission accomplished! Sadly no Purple Emperors seen, I'll have to visit nearby Knepp estate for a chance of those.
Black-tipped Ermine, Yponomeuta plumbella 

Comb-footed spider, Enoplognatha species

Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus

Small Magpie, Anania hortulata 

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

Yellow-barred Longhorn, Nemophora degeerella 
Southwater Woods:
Comma, Polygonia c-album 



Comma, Polygonia c-album 

Comma, Polygonia c-album 
Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris 

Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris 

Common Marble, Celypha lacunana

Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Hedge Bindweed, Calystegia sepium

Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium 

Large Skipper

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea 

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina 

Mirid Bug, Liocoris tripustulatus 

Red-legged Shieldbug, final instar nymph, Pentatoma rufipes

Silver-washed Fritillary female, Argynnis paphia

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia 

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia 

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris 

White Admirals, Limenitis camilla 

White Admirals, Limenitis camilla

White Admirals, Limenitis camilla

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla 

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla 

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