Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Duke of Burgundy season has started

Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina
Yesterday I visited Kithurst Meadow and met David Cook who put me onto a female Duke of Burgundy. Other species seen: many Brimstones, Dingy Skippers, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blues (2), Green Hairstreaks, Holly Blues, a Peacock, Orange-tips, Brown Argus. Just a couple of moths: the tiny Red-fringed Conch (Falseuncaria ruficiliana) and a Common Sweep case-bearing larva (Psyche casta).
Brimstones, Gonepteryx rhamni

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue

Common Sweep larva in case, Psyche casta

Cowslips, Primula veris


Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages
unusually light forewing colour

Dingy Skipper

Duke of Burgundy ♀, Hamearis lucina

Duke of Burgundy ♀

Duke of Burgundy ♀

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae



Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines


Red Campion

Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana

White Dead-nettle, Lamium album

Wood Violet, Viola riviniana

Wood Violets

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