Saturday, 18 April 2015

Grizzlies, Purple & Golds and Violet Cosmets

Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella (10mm)
I met Dan Danahar at Mill Hill yesterday afternoon to film the Grizzled Skipper for the Butterflies of the Biosphere site (click to view). Conditions were perfect late afternoon for the many species of micro moths which are emerging and I found 3 new ones, including the Black-headed Conch (Cochylis atricapitana). Mark and Ian Cadey kindly showed me a mating pair of Common Purple and Golds. I found plenty of the tiny Violet Cosmets waving their tentacles vigorously. I assume this was to pick up the scent of a female.
Common Purple and Golds mating, Pyrausta purpuralis
Black-headed Conch, Cochylis atricapitana
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Little Roller, Ancylis comptana
micro moth -id needed
micro moth -id needed
pollen beetle, Meligethes aeneus
Sawfly? id needed
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata
Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella

Wavy-barred Sable, Pyrausta nigrata

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