Saturday, 2 July 2011

Southwater, Mill Hill and Wimbledon

male second brood Green-veined White
Yesterday I visited Southwater Woods early and saw a Purple Emperor flying above the master oak tree. I then did my weekly butterfly transect at Mill Hill with the following results: 1 Comma, 5 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 3 Marbled White, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, 12 Small Heath.

In the afternoon we watched the men’s semi-finals and saw our gallant Andy disappear under a Nadal avalanche after a promising start. Should be an interesting final.
Marbled White
Marbled White taking off

Silver-washed Fritillary

this may be Lesne's Earwig Forficula lesnei
There are four native species of earwigs in the UK. This one has a red mite attached to it.

Comma at Mill Hill
camouflage of Red Admiral
Red Admiral 
Common Red Soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva

Marbled White at Mill Hill
Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium
Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis with fly
Red-tailed Bumble Bee Bombus lapidarius
It was a  fluffy cloud day at Mill Hill

Mullein at Mill Hill


  1. Still no Chalkhill Blues on Mill Hill on 2 July 2011. Still a bit early though.


  2. shouldn't be long, one was seen near Friston, also a Clouded Yellow.


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