Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The rare Spurge Marble moth, Brown Argus and Common Blue

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
The recent good weather has given me great moth sightings, including some rarities. Our Littlehampton balcony had Brown House Moth, Rusty Dot Pearl, and Diamond-back Moth which I also saw in Rewell Wood. We had a great invasion of the latter from the continent a couple of years back. Rewell Wood on May 21st had Thistle Bell, Silver-ground Carpet, Drinker larva and the rare Spurge Marble:
 Afterwards I visited Kithurst meadow and found a Duke of Burgundy flying at 4:40pm. Also lovely specimens of Brown Argus and Common Blue. Moths seen at the site were Dark Strawberry Tortrix and Plum Tortrix.
Rewell Wood:
Drinker larva, Euthrix potatoria

a sad Peacock, Inachis io 

Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus

Silver-ground Carpet, Xanthorhoe montanata

Spurge Marble, Lobesia occidentis

Thistle Bell, Epiblema scutulana

White Crab Spider with bee, Misumena vatia
from Wikipedia: 'These spiders may be yellow or white, depending on the flower in which they are hunting. Especially younger females, which may change color "at will".'
Kithurst meadow:
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue

Common Blue

Cranefly with Red Mites, Trombidium breei

Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana

Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina

unidentified micro moth

Plum Tortrix, Hedya pruniana

unidentified spider

Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis

White Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
Diamond-back Moth, Plutella xylostella
Brown House Moth, Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis

Ichneumon species

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