Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Grizzled Skippers at Mill Hill

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
I did my first butterfly transect of the year at Mill Hill this morning and was rewarded with two Grizzled Skippers which were first reported on Saturday. I also recorded 1 male Brimstone, 1 Comma, 3 Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Small white and 1 Speckled Wood plus the pyralid moths Pyrausta nigrata, Pyrausta purpuralis and Pyrausta despicata. A Green Woodpecker and two partridges broke cover  at the bottom of the hill. I watched a black adder move along in the under brush and found a dead Wood mouse.
Adder, Vipera berus
Adder, Vipera berus
Bumble bee
Seven-spot ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara, minus original tail
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
dead Wood Mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus
Peacock, Inachis io
Peacock, Inachis io
Pyrausta despicata
Pyrausta nigrata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Small White, Pieris rapae

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