Thursday 1 May 2014

Dukes, Greens and a Small White Wave

Small White Wave, Asthena albulata
On Wednesday I did my transect at Mill Hill where I recorded 3 Green Hairstreaks, 12 Dingy Skippers and one each of  Grizzled Skipper, Orange-tip, Peacock and Brimstone. I also twice saw an orange butterfly rush by which did not look like a Comma. I then visited a site where I saw one  freshly emerged Duke of Burgundy, several Grizzled Skippers, an Orange-tip, Peacock, Brimstone and Small Purple and Gold micro-moths. A Small White Wave moth also appeared, a first for me. Finally I checked out Kithurst Meadow where a crowd surrounded a Duke of Burgundy, one of four seen there yesterday. I also saw my first Silver Y moth of the year.
Mill Hill:
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
views from Mill Hill with morning mist

local meadow:
Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae

Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata

Kithurst Meadow:
Cowslip, Primula veris
Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Green-veined White, Pieris napi

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