Monday 4 July 2016

Purple Emperors and a Pretty Chalk Carpet

Tormentil, Potentilla tormentilla
On Sunday I did my Mill Hill transect: Marbled White 25, Meadow Brown 11, Small Heath 2, Ringlet 2, moths: Pretty Chalk Carpet, Common Purple & Gold, Silver Y. 
  I then visited Southwater Woods and saw a few Silver-washed Fritillaries, many Ringlets, Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, a Speckled Wood, a Comma and a Red Admiral. Mark and Ian Cadey kindly showed me an egg laid by the Red Admiral. 
  Finally I headed to the Knepp Estate where I watched one Purple Emperor chasing another. Later one perched at the top of an oak. I also saw many Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, and a Large Skipper.
Mill Hill:
view over the River Adur
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Pretty Chalk Carpet, Melanthia procellata
Southwater Woods:
unidentified click beetle
Common Froghopper, Philaenus spumarius
Gall midge, Harmandiola tremulae on Aspen, Populus tremula
Common Froglet, Rana temporaria
Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus
unidentified fly skating on puddle
Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus
Red Admiral egg on edge of nettle leaf, Vanessa atalanta
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Tormentil Potentilla tormentilla
Knepp Estate:
view from tree platform

Purple Emperor, Apatura iris perched on top of oak
Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris

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