Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Grizzled Skippers and Pyrausta moths

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
On Saturday I visited Rewell Wood on a drizzly day with bright spells. Yesterday I did my butterfly transect at Mill Hill: 2 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Grizzled Skippers, moths: Violet Cosmet, Common Purple and Gold, Wavy-barred Sable, Small Purple and Gold. Neil Hulme spotted a Dingy Skipper, but I missed it. He set up a Grizzled Skipper during a cloudy spell and I took the opportunity to take some interesting shots. 
 In the evening we attended the WWT Arundel talk on Bats. Paul Stevens gave us a very informative talk illustrated by his great photography. Afterwards we saw various bats and heard their calls using a bat detector. Debaunton's Bats skimmed over the water and took insects from the surface, illuminated by red light.
Rewell Wood:
Western Yellow Centipede, Stigmatogaster subterraneus
c.40mm long, c.80 pairs legs
deer tracks, probably Fallow
G-LVDC Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Wood Anemone, Anemone nemorosa
Wood Spurge, Euphorbia amygdaloides
Mill Hill:
unidentified bee
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Cranefly, Tipula vernalis
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Grizzled Skipper:

Peacock, Inachis io
Red-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata and Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella
Song Thrush egg, Turdus philomelos
Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella
Violet Cosmet

Wavy-barred Sable, Pyrausta nigrata
Wavy-barred Sable

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