Monday, 6 June 2016

Mill Hill and Kithurst moth fest

Red-barred Gold, Micropterix tunbergella
On Sunday 29 May my Mill Hill transect produced Adonis Blue 14 (females 3, males 11), Brimstone, Common Blue 3, Dingy Skipper 2, Small Heath 7, Speckled Wood, moths: Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata) 3, Grass Rivulet (Perizoma albulata) 2, Silver Y (Autographa gamma) and Hook-streak Grass-veneer (Crambus lathoniellus).
  On a dull Monday I visited Kithurst Meadow I found five new moths for my galleries: Brassy Twist (Eulia ministrana), Dark-barred Twist (Syndemis musculana), Broad-blotch Drill (Dichrorampha alpinana), a tiny black and white moth, possibly Ectoedemia species and Red Hazel Midget (Phyllonorycter nicellii). In addition there were Yellow-spot Twist (Pseudargyrotoza conwagana), Cinerous Pearl (Anania fuscalis), Grass Rivulet (Perizoma albulata), Red-barred Gold (Micropterix tunbergella) and Small Purple and Gold (Pyrausta aurata). I saw one Small Blue roosting. I also found a Cream-spot Ladybird and a Shining Flower beetle.
When I arrived a family was enjoying a picnic in the chalk pits on the right before the gate. When I checked this area out later I saw a soil pit they had dug out but not filled in and two items of litter which I removed. Also another case of fly-tipping in the lay-by nearest the main road. Lovely people!
Mill Hill, 29 May:
Adonis Blue ♀, Polyommatus bellargus
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus
Celery fly, Euleia heraclei
Common Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax
Deadly Nightshade, Atropa belladonna
False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis
Grass Rivulet, Perizoma albulata
Greenfinch, Carduelis chloris
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis
Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Silver Y
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata
usual view, hiding under leaf
Yellow Shell
Kithurst Meadow, 30 May
Brassy Twist, Eulia ministrana
Brassy Twist
Broad-blotch Drill, Dichrorampha alpinana
Shining Flower beetle, Olibrus corticalis
Cranefly, Epiphragma ocellare
Cranefly, Limonia phragmitidis
Phoretic Mite, Calyptostoma species on Cranefly, Limonia phragmitidis
Speckled Bush Cricket nymph, Leptophyes punctatissima
Psyllid bug, Floria variegata
Green Lacewing, Chrysopa perla
Wood Avens, Geum urbanum
Cream-spot Ladybird, Calvia 14-guttata
Cinerous Pearl, Anania fuscalis
Cinerous Pearl
difficult to approach, these two photos show the usual views.
Dark-barred Twist, Syndemis musculana
Grass Rivulet, Perizoma albulata
Hemp Agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
This, like nettle, is an important micro-habitat for insects and spiders
Ectoedemia species?
unidentified moth-fly
Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Red Hazel Midget, Phyllonorycter nicellii
Red Hazel Midget
Small Blue, Cupido minimus
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
White-barred Gold, Micropterix aruncella
Yellow-spot Twist, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

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