Monday, 9 May 2016

mating Orange-tips & Dukes plus Bog Beacons

Duke of Burgundy mating, Hamearis lucina
On May 7th I visited Kithurst meadow, then returned on 8th to meet Mark Colvin where we found other enthusiasts gathering. We were treated to mating Orange-tips and Duke of Burgundy and a Green Hairstreak.
  Afterwards we checked out a Pearl-bordered Fritillary site, but they had not emerged there yet. A Red Admiral treated us to a grand-stand view in a tree, then it descended to take salts from material on the ground! A tiny toad crossed our path and I spotted four tiny Bog Beacon fungi.
  Finally I visited Stedham Common and photographed the Oblong-leaved Sundews and a new bug, the Bordered Shieldbug. A very productive day in great company.
Kithurst meadow May 7:
Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana
Red-fringed Conch on Cowslip
rust fungus
spider with prey
Twayblade, Neottia ovata
Kithurst meadow, May 8:
Black Slug, Arion ater agg
Duke of Burgundy mating, Hamearis lucina
Duke of Burgundy ♀
Duke of Burgundy ♀
Duke of Burgundy ♂
Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum
moth on cowslip
Orange-tips mating, Anthocharis cardamines
St. Mark's Fly ♀, Bibio marci
Twayblade, Neottia ovata
a West Sussex site:
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
Brown Silver-line, Petrophora chlorosata
tiny Common Toad, Bufo bufo
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral taking salts
author 'action' shot - tough on elbows!
by courtesy of Mark Colvin
see Mark's post here: Secret Nature
Song Thrush anvil where it smashes snails on an exposed root.
Bog Beacon, Mitrula paludosa
Bog Beacon
Bog Beacons

Stedham Common:
Bordered Shieldbug, Legnotus limbosus
Bordered Shieldbug
Bordered Shieldbug
Common Flower Bug with prey, Anthocoris nemorum
Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus
Grey Gorse Piercer, Cydia ulicetana
Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
Oblong-leaved Sundew, Drosera intermedia
Oblong-leaved Sundew
Spider, Larinioides species eating Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus
this tiny weevil landed on my hand
Wood Sorrel, Oxalis acetosella
Yellow Pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum

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