Monday 30 May 2016

Kithurst Blues, Greens, Browns & Dukes

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
I have visited Kithurst Meadow regularly during the past month to see the Duke of Burgundy and Small Blue butterflies. The first Brown Argus at the site and a Green Hairstreak were bonuses. It had plenty of other interesting micro-fauna.
May 7:
Kithurst Meadow with Cowslips, Primula veris
Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana on cowslip
rust fungus
Twayblade, Neottia ovata 
May 11:
leaf beetles
Black Slug, Arion ater agg.
Black Slug, Arion ater agg.
Common Grey, Scoparia ambigualis
Common Striped Woodlouse, Philoscia muscorum
Cranefly, Nephrotoma quadrifaria
Cream-spot ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata
Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella species
Cyclamen Tortrix larva, Clepsis spectrana
unidentified gnat
Furrow Orbweaver, Larinioides cornutus
Green Carpet, Colostygia pectinataria
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
unidentified Ichneumon wasp
as above
unidentified micro-moth
Plain Gold, Micropterix calthella
Plain Gold micro-moth
Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana
Round-mouthed Snail, Pomatias elegans
Scorpion fly female, Panorpa species
Smooth Glass Snail, Aegopinella nitidula
Snail-killing fly, Trypetoptera punctulata
Soldier beetle, Cantharis decipiens
Spider, Metellina species
Spider, Metellina species
St. Mark's Fly, Bibio marci
Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis
Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis
May 17:
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Cinerous Pearl, Anania fuscalis
Click beetle, Athous haemorrhoidalis
Common Green Grasshopper nymph, Omocestus viridulus
Common Milkwort, Polygala vulgaris
Common Milkwort, Polygala vulgaris
Crab Spider, Xysticus cristatus
Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina
Duke of Burgundy
Duke of Burgundy x 2
Duke of Burgundy
gall of Gall Wasp, Diastrophus rubi on bramble
remains of grasshopper nymph?
Hazel Leaf-roller Weevil, Apoderus coryli
Jumping spider, Heliophanus flavipes
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Slow-worm, Anguis fragilis
Small Blue, Cupido minimus
Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
May 20:
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Brown Argus 
Common Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea
Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense
Small Blue, Cupido minimus
rather sad Small Blue
May 21:
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Click beetle, Denticollis linearis
Common Sweep moth, pupa inside case, Psyche casta
Cowslip, Primula veris
Cranefly, Limonia phragmitidis
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
fly, Eudasyphora species
unidentified fly
Grass bug nymph, Leptopterna species
Grass Rivulet, Perizoma albulata
Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa
fly, Melanostoma species
tiny Red-barred Gold, Micropterix tunbergella
Red-barred Gold
unidentified sawfly
Small Blue, Cupido minimus
Small Blue
Small Blue
Small Blue
Small Blue
Twayblade orchid, Neottia ovata
White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis