Sunday, 23 August 2015

Brownies and a tragedy

Brown Hairstreak, Thecla betulae
I have been visiting the prime Brown Hairstreak site at Steyning daily and on Friday they were falling out of the trees and laying eggs on the prunus. I saw 4 females and there were at least 2 more seen by other people. On the way down the path I found James photographing a male BH which was nectaring on brambles high up on top of a prunus hedge. This is only the second time I have seen a male.
  Yesterday it was very hot, and the BHs did not tumble out as before and I did not see any, though some were observed by others. I spotted a dead female Stag Beetle on a dock leaf as we walked off the hill which looked like it was placed there. Richard reported 7 Brown Hairstreaks at another site which Mark and I checked out later with no success.
  On the way home I heard on the radio about the tragedy when a jet crashed onto the A27 at the nearby Shoreham Air Show. People were driving along and wiped out in an instant. These aerial acrobatics should be banned.
  Today it is raining hard so I will be forced to watch the second part of day 2 of the Bejing World Athletics Championships live :) - Mo Farah was supreme yesterday and Jess Ennis-Hill is looking good.
Steyning Coombe August 20:
Common Blue ♀, Polyommatus icarus
Common Blue ♀
Common Blues
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Dexter cattle were grazing the coombe
Ear Fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Nettle-leaved Bellflower, Campanula trachelium
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis
Steyning August 21:
22-Spot Ladybird, Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
Azure Damselfly ♀, Coenagrion puella
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Brown Hairstreak high up, Thecla betulae

Brown Hairstreak
Brown Hairstreak egg
Common Blue Damselfly ♂, Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Blue ♀, Polyommatus icarus with Red Mite larva, Trombidium breei
Common Grass-veneer, Agriphila tristella
Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara
Lesser Treble-bar, Aplocera efformata
Common Damselbug nymph, Nabis rugosus
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Small Copper
Small Heaths mating, Coenonympha pamphilus
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Speckled Woods are one of the butterflies that react to the pre-flash and instantly takes off before the actual flash. This is one of those cases.

view from Steyning Coombe
Steyning August 22:
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Silver-washed Fritillary ♀, Argynnis paphia
tiny weevil (3mm) id needed
Stag Beetle ♀, Lucanus cervus

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