Monday, 3 April 2017

Holly Blue, Speckled Wood and a Thimble Morel

Yesterday I visited Kithurst Meadow and saw Brimstones, a Peacock and a Red Admiral but no moths. There were plenty of cowslips and wood violets in flower. I did spot a new fungus, a Thimble Morel. Afterwards I headed to North Stoke again and saw my first Speckled Wood and Holly Blue of the season. Also two moths, identified by iSpot people as a very worn Twin-spotted Quaker and a Silver-ground Carpet.
Kithurst Meadow:
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni

Coprinopsis or Coprinellus fungi (inkcaps)

Cowslip, Primula veris

Dark-edged Bee-fly, Bombylius major

Hoverfly, Syrphus ribesii

Thimble Morel, Verpa conica
North Stoke:
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria

birth of a chalk stream at the foot of the hill

the water appears from below and forms the stream below

it rested on the mud for 25 minutes

Holly Blue

Mute Swan's nest

Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus

Silver-ground Carpet, Xanthorhoe montanata

very worn moth, possibly Twin-spotted Quaker, Orthosia munda

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