Saturday, 6 June 2015

Beautiful Demoiselles and mating Hazel Leaf-roller Weevils

male Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo
Adonis Blue numbers have increased at Mill Hill since last week. Thursday's transect walk: Adonis Blue 21, Brimstone, Common Blue 3, Green Hairstreak 2, Peacock, Small Heath 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Cinnabar, Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Burnet Companion. Leaf Beetles were mating.  At the car park a Kestrel caught a lizard and ate it on a fence post.
  Afterwards I visited Woods Mill NR where Common Blue Damselflies were abundant, also Large Red Damselflies seen. I heard and saw one of the 3 Turtle Doves which have been reported there.

  On Friday I took Sue to Woods Mill and we heard a Turtle Dove and saw two Beautiful Demoiselles and the nesting Coot. Hazel Leaf-roller Weevils were mating and a fresh Snout moth lay on a nettle leaf. I also saw a Drinker moth larva and a Green Tortoise Beetle.
Mill Hill:
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus
worn Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
possible blackbird nestling
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus
Leaf beetles mating, Cryptocephalus species
Leaf beetles mating
Sphecodes bee
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

Kestrel has caught a lizard

Woods Mill Thursday:
Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blues Damselfly
Common Blues
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Coot on nest, Fulica atra and Yellow Water-lilies, Nuphar lutea,
juvenile in foreground
juvenile Coot
Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Nettle Weevil, Phyllobius pomaceus
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis

I think this is a deformed early instar nymph case of a Red-legged Shieldbug, Pentatoma rufipes
Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur
Turtle Dove taking off
Yellow Iris, Iris pseudacorus
Wood Mill Friday:
male Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo
the stream where we saw the first Beautiful Demoiselle
Common Sweep, Psyche casta
Drinker larva, Euthrix potatoria
Green Tortoise Beetle, Cassida viridis
Hazel Leaf-roller Weevils mating, Apoderus coryli

Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus and Yellow Water-lilies
Snout, Hypena proboscidalis

White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
Wild rose, Rosa species
Yellow Dung Fly, Scatophaga stercoraria
Yellow Water-lilies, Nuphar lutea

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