Sunday, 24 July 2016

Chalkhill Blues and a White Admiral

Chalkhill Blue, Polyommatus coridon
On 18th July I met Mark at Houghton Forest and we enjoyed the sight of up to 50 Red Admirals taking salts along the length of the path. A White Admiral also appeared, perched a tree and landed on the path several times.
  On the afternoon of 21st I visited Kithurst Meadow and enjoyed the fluttering of many species of butterflies. Pristine Peacocks and Red Admirals nectared on the hemp-agrimony and Marbled Whites covered the meadow. There were a few Chalkhill Blues plus Small and Essex Skippers, Meadow Browns, various Whites, Gatekeepers, Commas and Ringlets. Moths seen: Common Wave, Pearl Veneer, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver Y. I also saw a Spotted Longhorn beetle.
Houghton Forest, July 18:
Common Knapweed, Centaurea nigra
Enchanter's-nightshade, Circaea lutetiana
Mark photographing Red Admiral
Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
Peacock, Inachis io
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral
unidentified Ichneumon wasp
White Admiral, Limenitis camilla
White Admiral
White Admiral
Kithurst Medow, July 21:
Alder Spittlebug, Aphrophora alni
Bladder Campion, Silene vulgaris

Chalkhill Blue, Polyommatus coridon
Common Wave, Cabera exanthemata
Common Wave underside
Ensign flies, Sepsis fulgens
Ensign fly
Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris
Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
Giant Bellflower, Campanula latifolia
Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa
Hemp Agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
white and pink flower heads
unidentified micro-moth
Peacock, Inachis io
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Twin-spot Carpet, Xanthorhoe spadicearia
Round-headed Rampion, Phyteuma orbiculare
Scorpion fly ♀, Panorpa species
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Spotted Longhorn Beetle, Rutpela maculata
Spotted Longhorn Beetle
Thick-headed Fly, Sicus ferrugineus

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