Saturday 18 May 2013

Small Heaths join the Skippers at Mill Hill

Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
On Thursday under a blue sky I did my Mill Hill butterfly transect with the following result: Brimstone 1, Dingy Skipper 11, Grizzled skipper 5, Large White 2, Orange-tip 1, Small Heath 2, small Tortoiseshell  1. There was plenty of Horseshoe Vetch in flower for the blue butterflies to lay their eggs on when they emerge. I spent some time with the first Small Heath I have seen this season  trying to get open wing shots. 

All photos taken with Nikon D90, 180mm Sigma macro lens unless stated
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni on Cowslip, Primula veris
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa
views from Mill Hill (Canon G9)

Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus on Thistle
my best open wing shot of the Small Heath, which never fully opens its wings when settled.
Small Heath with partially open wings
Hydrothassa glabra
Thanks to Mark Colvin for the id for this beetle. 
"It is associated with the flowers of buttercups and the larvae feed on the petals".

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