Monday, 30 May 2022

Moths, butterflies and other micros

White-barred Gold, Micropterix aruncella
I visited Kithurst meadow near Storrington on Saturday to photograph butterflies and moths. I was delighted to find some old friends in the micromoth category: Cocksfoot Moth, Common Marble, Common Nettle-tap, Hemp-agrimony Conch, Mint Moth, Twin-barred Knot-horn and White-barred Gold plus an aberrant orange Nettle-tap moth which I can find no reference for. Also an early instar Vapourer larva and a Yellow-barred Brindle. 
 I saw 10 butterflies species: Orange-tip, Common Blue, Small Blue, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Dingy Skipper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood. One Small Heath flew into a spider's web and was quickly dealt with. This is the first time I have had a good view of a Small Heath's upper wings. 
  There were several Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetles and Cucumber Spiders on the vegetation.
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Cocksfoot Moth, Glyphipterix simpliciella

Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Common Marble, Celypha lacunana

 aberrant Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana 

Common Nettle-tap normal form

Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella species

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle, Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Hemp-agrimony Conch, Cochylidia rupicola

Mint Moth, Pyrausta aurata nectaring on Germander Speedwell
Small Blue, Cupido minimus

Small Blue

Small Heath in spider's web, Coenonympha pamphilus 

Twin-barred Knot-horn, Homoeosoma sinuella

Vapourer larva, early instar, Orgyia antiqua

Yellow-barred Brindle, Acasis viretata

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