Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Brown Hairstreak at Steyning

Brown Hairstreak, Thecla betulae
Yesterday I spent the day at Steyning Nature Reserve where I met several other Brown Hairstreak seekers. I saw just one Hairstreak, in poor condition, and two others were reported to me. There was plenty of aerial activity between 11 and 12, but I was not sure if I was seeing Hairstreaks or Vapourer moths.
Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus
female Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus
male Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus
Jet Provost
Thanks to Doug Thompson for identifying this plane. The Jet Provost was a British jet-powered trainer aircraft used by the RAF from 1955 to 1993: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAC_Jet_Provost
micromoth, id needed please
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas ab. caeruleopunctata
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas ab. caeruleopunctata
It is an aberrant caeruleopunctata due to the blue spots at the rear of the hindwing.
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus


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