Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Oaken Wood Whites and a Meadow Brown

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
Five-spot Burnet
Five-spot Burnet
the two red spots have merged - is this an aberrant?
Five-spot Burnet
Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus
Leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus species with False blister beetle
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Meadow Brown
Meadow Brown
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
There are several Tortrix moths which are very similar and the experts say you need to examine them microscopically to give a positive identifaction to species. They also have considerable variations in patterning, making a visual identification impossible. I will revisit previous ids I have made in this group.

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

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