Tuesday 8 July 2014

Roe Deer encounter and Powdered Knot-horn

Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus
Last Tuesday 1st July I completed my Mill Hill butterfly transect with the following results: Adonis Blue 1, Marbled white 25, Meadow Brown 17, Ringlet 1, Small Heath 4, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Speckled Wood 1. Judging by previous years, the Adonis is a late 1st brood emergence.

Then I visited Southwater Woods where I enjoyed a close encounter with a Roe Deer which grazed 20 metres away after staring hard at me. I watched Silver-washed Fritillaries zooming around. I was following a Garden Grass-veneer micro moth when it was suddenly carried off by a Dance fly which suspended itself from a leaf by one leg. Other moths seen: Clouded Border, Common Sweep pupa, Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Green Oak Tortrix, Powdered Knot-horn (rarely recorded), Small Fan-footed Wave, Straw-barred Pearl and Yellow Shell.
Adonis Blue, Lysandra bellargus
Clouded Border, Lomaspilis marginata
Common Sweep pupa, Psyche casta
Dance fly, Empis livida captures Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Green Oak Tortrix, Tortrix viridana
Hazel buds, Corylus avellana
Powdered Knot-horn, Pempeliella dilutella
Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus

Silver-washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia
Small Fan-footed Wave, Idaea biselata
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata

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