Friday, 1 May 2015

Adders and Green Longhorns

Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella
On Thursday I did my Mill Hill butterfly transect: Green Hairstreaks, Dingy & Grizzled Skippers, Brimstones, Peacocks plus a Green Carpet Moth, Wavy-barred Sable and Violet Sable micro moths. There were also two adders basking at the bottom of the hill. 
I then visited Rewell Wood and endured a shower of tiny hailstones. The upside was plenty of micro moths: Hemp-agrimony Plumes, Small Purple and Gold, Small White Wave, Vetch Piercer and male and female Green Longhorns on Wood Spurge. I heard my first Cuckoo of the year.
Adder, Vipera berus
Cowslips, Primula veris
Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Flesh fly, Sarcophaga species
Green Carpet, Colostygia pectinataria
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa
Meadow Grasshopper nymph, Chorthippus parallelus
views from Mill Hill

Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella

Wavy-barred Sable, Pyrausta nigrata
White-footed Hoverfly, Platycheirus albimanus
Rewell Wood:
7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella 7-punctata
14-spot Ladybird, Propylea 14-punctata
bee, Andrena species
Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella cucurbitina
Dance fly, Empis tessellata
False Oxlip, Primula x polyantha (hybrid of cowslip and primrose)
Flea beetles, Chrysomelidae species
female Green Longhorn, Adela reaumurella
male Green Longhorn, Adela reaumurella
Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta
Hemp-agrimony Plume, Adaina microdactyla
Nomad bees, Nomada
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Small White Wave, Asthena albulata
Vetch Piercer, Grapholita jungiella
White-footed Hoverfly, Platycheirus albimanus
Yellow Pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum

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