Thursday, 16 July 2015

White Admirals and Essex Skippers

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla
On Tuesday I conducted my Mill Hill butterfly transect: Gatekeeper 38, Large White, Marbled White 16, Meadow Brown 17, Painted Lady, Small Heath 4, moths: Six-spot Burnet, Yellow Shell, Garden Grass-veneer, Cinnabar larvae, Straw-barred Pearl.  I then visited Woods Mill reserve where I found Gatekeepers, Silver-washed Fritillaries (a male plus a female laying on a birch trunk), a Dingy Dowdy moth, Comma, Essex skippers mating in a meadow, small Skippers, a Large Skipper, Common Nettle-tap, two White Admirals fighting , Meadow Browns, Beautiful Demoiselles and a Spotted Longhorn Beetle.
Mill Hill:
Centaury, Centaurium erythraea
Cinnabar larva, Tyria jacobaeae
Field Scabius, Knautia arvensis
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
Harlequin ladybird, pupa, Harmonia axyridis
Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Red Soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva
Satyr Pug, Eupithecia satyrata
Six-Spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata
Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata
Woods Mill:
Beautiful Demoiselle, female, Calopteryx virgo
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Common Froghopper, Philaenus spumarius
Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Dingy Dowd, Blastobasis adustella
Dotted Loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata
Essex Skippers mating, Thymelicus lineola
Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium
male Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Meadow Vetchling, Lathyrus pratensis
Mute Swans and cygnets, Cygnus olor

Purple Toadflax, Linaria purpurea
Red Soldier beetles mating, Rhagonycha fulva
Silver-washed Fritillary, female, Argynnis paphia
Silver-washed Fritillary, male, Argynnis paphia
Small Skipper, male, Thymelicus sylvestris
Spotted Longhorn Beetle, Rutpela maculata
Thick-headed Fly, Sicus ferrugineus
White Admiral, Limenitis camilla
The White admiral spent some time high up checking his territory then occasionally came down to nectar on the brambles. A second one came into his territory  several times and dogfights ensued.
White Admiral
White-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lucorum

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