Saturday, 24 May 2014

Adonis Blues, Damselflies and a Small Dusty Wave

male Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella
On Thursday I found a Small Dusty Wave moth on the glass of the outer door of the flats. It measures 21mm. (note, I originally identified it as a Mullein Wave. This id was corrected by Ben in 2017). Later I visited Rewell Wood and found another Hook-streak Grass-veneer, a tiny Speckled Bush Cricket nymph and a pristine Speckled Wood.

On Friday I spotted a blue window in the grey skies and was able to complete my Mill Hill butterfly transect. In the 40 minutes it took the sky changed from 95% sun to 100% cloud. Adonis Blues were abundant at the bottom of the hill, including a mating pair. I also spotted a Common Heath moth, a Small Heath and 2 Green Hairstreaks. I then stopped at Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve and HQ, where I found Azure and Large Red Damselflies in a meadow and plenty of micro fauna on woodland nettle beds by the path. including tiny mating Green Dock Beetles.
Small Dusty Wave, Idaea seriata

Small Dusty Wave underside

Rewell Wood:
Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus
Robber fly eating fly, Dioctria baumhaueri
Sanicle, Sanicula europaea
Garden snail, Helix aspersa
Speckled Bush Cricket nymph, Leptophyes punctatissima
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Mill Hill:
male Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus
Adonis Blues mating, Lysandra bellargus
female on left
Common Heath, Ematurga atomaria
underside of Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Woods Mill:

female Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella
Azure Damselfly, male, Coenagrion puella
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
tiny fly, id needed please!
mating Green Dock Beetles, Gastrophysa viridula
Soldier beetle, Cantharis pellucida

Large Red Damselfly, male, Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Lesser Stitchwort, Stellaria graminea
Scorpion fly, male, Panorpa species
tiny weevil, id needed please!
Yellow Dung fly, Scatophaga stercoraria


  1. Hi there. Your Mullein Wave is actually a Small Dusty Wave. Ben

  2. thanks for your correction Ben, much appreciated.


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