Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Black Hairstreaks and moths at Ditchling Common

Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera
During a visit to Ditchling Common yesterday morning I joined dozens of Black Hairstreak hopefuls who were waiting for the sun to appear. When the clouds cleared in the afternoon there was quite a bit of activity high up and I got a good view of this elusive butterfly. 
  I found a Brown Hairstreak larva, saw Large Skipper, Small Heath and 12 moths: Garden Grass-veneer, Straw Dot, Yellow-barred Longhorn female, a tiny Brindled Argent (Argyresthia curvella) under an apple leaf, Brown Silver-line, Burnet Companion, Common Yellow Conch, Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix male, Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Speckled Fanner, Variegated Golden Tortrix.
  There were large clusters of Bee Orchids and Common Spotted Orchids
7-spot Ladybird, Propylea 7-punctata

14-spot Ladybird, Propylea 14-punctata

Alder Spittlebug, Aphrophora alni

Black Hairstreak egg, Satyrium pruni

Black Hairstreak pupa

Brindled Argent, Argyresthia curvella

Brown Hairstreak larva, Thecla betulae

Brown Silver-line, Petrophora chlorosata

Bug hopper, Aphrophora species nymph

Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica

Coleophora species

Coleophora species

Common Yellow Conch, Agapeta hamana 
tiny Dustywing species

Dyer's Greenweed, Genista tinctoria

Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella

Green Lacewing, Chrysopa perla

Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Hemiptera bug eggs

Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix male, Archips podana

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Hedya nubiferana

Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa - foodplant of the Black and Brown Hairstreaks

Common Spotted-orchids, Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Common Spotted-orchid

Yellow Iris, Iris pseudacorus

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis

Red-legged Shieldbug final instar nymph, Pentatoma rufipes

Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus

Speckled Bush Cricket nymph, Leptophyes punctatissima

tiny Speckled Fanner, Glyphipterix thrasonella

Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis

unidentified Tortrix moth

Variegated Golden Tortrix, Archips xylosteana

unidentified wasp

Wolf spider species carrying spiderings on her back

Wolf Spider ♀ with cocoon, Pardosa lugubris

Yellow-barred Longhorn, female, Nemophora degeerella

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