Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lizards bask on a wall

European Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis
On a sunny Tuesday I completed my first butterfly transect of the year at Mill Hill with these results: Brimstone 6, Comma 1, Peacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Neil had recorded the first Grizzled Skipper of the year before I arrived. A Pyrausta nigrata moth landed in front of me during the survey. I then enjoyed the European Wall Lizards basking and fighting in the sun at Shoreham beach. Finally I checked out a known Orange-tip site and was amazed by the amount of Cuckoo Flower (Lady’s Smock) that was growing in the area.
Mill Hill:
Peacock, Inachis io
Pyrausta nigrata moth
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
Yellow Dung fly, Scatophaga stercoraria
Cattle are currently grazing Mill Hill to keep the scrub under control. This dung fly lays eggs on dung and feeds on insects, nectar and dung.
Shoreham beach
European Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis

Cuckoo Flower meadow:
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis
Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale
Greater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria

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