|Wood White, Leptidea sinapis on Greater Stitchwort|
Yesterday I visited Fairmile Bottom hoping to see early Marbled Whites or Dark Green Fritillaries. Instead I saw a Meadow Brown, Five-spot Burnets, and a Large Skipper in the same place that I saw one last year. Four species of orchids were in flower.
On May 15th I met Mark Colvin at Oaken Wood. We were looking for Wood Whites and immediately found a mating pair. By the time we had retrieved our cameras and returned, the pair had completed their pairing and we saw each flitting around different nectar flowers. We saw several more during the sunny morning, plus Green Hairstreaks, an Orange-tip, Brimstones and Red Admirals.
Fairmile Bottom, June 13:
|Black-striped Longhorn Beetle ♂, Stenurella melanura on Oxeye Daisy|
|Black-striped Longhorn Beetle ♂|
|Click beetle, Agrypnus murinus|
|Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii|
|Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii f. albiflora|
|Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana|
|False blister beetles mating, Oedemera lurida|
|False blister beetles mating|
|Five-spot Burnet, Zygaena trifolii|
the two red spots have merged - is this an aberrant?
|Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus|
|Leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus species with False blister beetle|
|Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina|
|Southern Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza praetamissa|
Oaken Wood, May 15:
|Hairy Shieldbug, Dolycoris baccarum & Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi on Bluebell|
|Hazel leaf case made by unknown insect|
|unidentified moth larva|
|Tortrix moth, Epiblema species|
|Willow Leaf Beetle, Lochmaea caprea|
|Wood White, Leptidea sinapis|
|me in action (!) courtesy Mark Colvin|
|Wood White, Leptidea sinapis on Bitter Vetch, Lathyrus linifolius|
Bitter Vetch is one of several vetches that are the foodplant of Wood Whites.
|me in action again, courtesy Mark Colvin|
|Wood White, Leptidea sinapis on Bugle, Ajuga reptans|