Friday, 22 May 2015

mating Adonis Blues and a Common White Wave

Adonis Blues mating, Polyommatus bellargus, male on left
Thursday morning was transect day at Mill Hill. I didn't see any butterflies until I arrived at the bottom of the hill where Adonis Blues rushed around. Results: Adonis Blue 12, Brimstone 1, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 2, Dingy Skipper 8, Green Hairstreak 1, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 2. I met Jan Charteris and Andy Horton and we shared sightings. A highlight was a pair of Adonis Blues mating. A cuckoo called. Moths: Cinnabar, Lesser Treble-bar, Treble-bar, Silver Y, Burnet Companion.

  Early evening I visited Fairmile Bottom and found a new moth, a beautiful Common White Wave which roosted and posed for me. Other moths found: Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Green Carpet, Meadow Grey, Red Piercer, Speckled Yellow, Thistle Bell and an unidentified Plume. This site never disappoints a moth hunter.
Mill Hill:
male Adonis Blue
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica
Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaeae
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Fairy Flax, Linum catharticum
female False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
like me, qualifies for concessions
Leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus species
carpet of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa

Peacock, Inachis io
qualifies for double concessions
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
Fairmile Bottom:
Blackbird egg, Turdus merula
Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris
Common White Wave, Cabera pusaria
Common White Wave
with mite
underside of Common White Wave
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Early Purple Orchid, Orchis mascula
Early Purple Orchid
Green Carpet, Colostygia pectinataria
Kentish Snail, Monacha cantiana
Meadow Grey, Scoparia pyralella
Meadow Grey
Meadow Grey
Plume moth
Red Piercer, Lathronympha strigana
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis
Speckled Yellow, Pseudopanthera macularia
Thistle Bell, Epiblema scutulana

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