Friday, 26 July 2013

Dark Green Fritillary at Mill Hill

Thursday afternoon the cloud cover dispersed so I did my Mill Hill transect with the following result: Common Blue 1, Chalkhill Blue 62, Comma 1, Dark Green Fritillary 1, Gatekeeper 60, Green-veined White 1, Large White 1, Marbled White 16, Meadow Brown 116, Red Admiral, Small Heath 1, Small White 2, inidentified Whites 8. 
Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Chalkhill Blues continue to increase, but the big news is the Dark Green Fritillary which is the first I have recorded on Mill Hill. It settled a couple of times, then flew off strongly and left the area.
female Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon

Cinnabar moth larva, Tyria jacobaeae 
Comma, Polygonia c-album

Five-Spot Burnets, Zygaena trifolii 
Five-Spot Burnet, Zygaena trifolii
Five-Spot Burnet, Zygaena trifolii
Honey bee, Apis mellifera
Meadow Browns mating, Maniola jurtina
Vervain, Verbena officinalis
                                          Thanks to Grace for the id for this plant!
Vervain, Verbena officinalis
Pyrausta purpuralis
Small Purple-barred, Phytometra viridaria


  1. I think that the plant is vervain , verbena officinalis.


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