Saturday, 16 May 2015

Adonis awakes

Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus
On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings I met Mark Colvin on the Springhead estate and we were delighted with our sightings of 16 butterflies: Duke of Burgundy, Small Blue, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, Large White, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Red Admiral. In addition I saw the following moths:  Silver Y, Burnet Companion,  Red-fringed Conch, Cinerous Pearl, Silver-ground Carpet, Dark Strawberry Tortrix and a Cyclamen Tortrix larva. Mark also spotted a Glow-worm larva wandering across the path. A cuckoo called.

On Wednesday afternoon I did my Mill Hill transect and recorded Adonis Blue, Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper, Peacock, Small Heath, Wall. I was told a Clouded Yellow and Common Blue had also been seen. A large, fat black adder slithered into long grass and a nightingale sang.

orchid at home
I bought a ringflash, Nissin MF18, to reach the parts top flashes cannot reach and Tuesday was my first time I used it. The orchid was a test shot.
Springhead estate:
Sawfly, Pachyprotasis rapae
beetle, Byturus species
Blow fly, Cynomya mortuorum
female Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Brown Argus
Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica
Cinerous Pearl, Anania fuscalis
Cowslip, Primula veris
Cyclamen Tortrix larva, Clepsis spectrana
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina
Duke of Burgundy
female Duke of Burgundy

female Duke of Burgundy
Glow-worm larva, Lampyris noctiluca

Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi

Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
Green Shieldbug
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Honey Bee, Apis mellifera

Kithurst meadow

tiny Mother Care Spider, Phylloneta sisyphia
3mm long
Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Hieracium pilosella
Muscid fly, Helina species
Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana
Silver-ground Carpet, Xanthorhoe montanata
Small Blue, Cupido minimus
Small Blue
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
St. Mark's Flies mating, Bibio marci
Mill Hill:
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus
Adonis Blue
Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaeae
Click beetle, Agrypnus murinus

Common Field Grasshopper, 1st instar nymph, Chorthippus brunneus

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus
Leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus species
Leaf beetle
Lesser Treble-bar, Aplocera efformata
Wall, male, Lasiommata megera 

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