Friday, 19 June 2015

Adonis, Grizzlies, Longhorn and Rush beetles

Black-striped Longhorn Beetle, Stenurella melanura
On Wednesday at Heyshott down with Mark Colvin I saw Brimstone, Large Skippers, Meadow Browns, Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Garden Grass Veneer, Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Meadow Greys, Red Piercer, Cocksfoot Moth. There were plenty of Common Spotted Orchids and Bee and Pyramidal Ochids have just started to open. A Black-striped Longhorn Beetle was busy on a daisy.
 Later we walked round Burton Mill Pond where I saw a Ringed China-Mark plus another Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle. A pretty Rush beetle appeared, then a mating pair.
  On Thursday my Mill Hill transect yielded Adonis Blue 14, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown 4, Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral, Small Heath 22, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Cinnabar, Straw-barred Pearl and an unidentified green larva. It’s a second bad year in succession for the Adonis Blue, the worst since I started recording in 2011. The second brood should be better. Small Heath are having another good year, they have been steady since 2011. The Grizzled Skipper is very late, this is week 12 of the transect year and the latest I have previously recorded one is week 9.
Alder Spittlebug, Aphrophora alni
Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera
Cocksfoot Moth, Glyphipterix simpliciella
Common Rock-rose, Helianthemum chamaecistus
Common Spotted-orchids, Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella cucurbitina
Dance Fly, Empis Opaca
Dark Bush Cricket nymph, Pholidoptera griseoaptera
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis
Garden Chafer, Phyllopertha horticola
Garden Chafer with deformed head
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Green Lacewing, Chrysopa perla
Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus
Jumping spider, Heliophanus flavipes
female Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus
this butterfly hunkered down at the bottom of the grass.

female Large Skipper
female Large Skipper
male Large Skipper
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Meadow Grasshopper nymph, Chorthippus parallelus
Meadow Grey, Scoparia pyralella
Migrant Hoverfly, Meliscaeva auricollis on Common Rock-rose
Mirine bug, Capsus ater
Noon Fly, Mesembrina meridiana
Red Piercer, Lathronympha strigana
Sailor Beetle, Cantharis rustica
Spider, Metellina species
Burton Mill Pond:

Chicken of the woods, Laetiporus sulphureus
Chicken of the woods
Common Figwort, Scrophularia nodosa
Common Figwort
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Common Stretch Spider, Tetragnatha extensa
Common Sweep pupa in case, Psyche casta
Cross-leaved Heath, Erica tetralix
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle, Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Ladybird, Harlequin, Harmonia axyridis
Large Red Damselflies mating, Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Large Red Damselfly
unidentified larval 'house'
Leaf beetle, Altica species
Red-legged Shieldbug, final instar nymph, Pentatoma rufipes
Ringed China-Mark, male, Parapoynx stratiotata
Rush beetle, Donacia marginata
Rush beetle
Rush beetles mating

Wavy Hair-grass, Deschampsia flexuosa
Wavy Hair-grass
Wavy Hair-grass
White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
Mill Hill:
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
male Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Mill Hill
Mill Hill
unidentified larva
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Song Thrush anvil with broken snail shells
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata

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