Monday 19 August 2019

Painted Ladies and a Small Birch Bell

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
We've had plenty of moths attracted to our balcony light when the evenings have been warm and still, including the first Lime-speck Pugs of the year. A walk through Rewell Woods on 15th gave me the first Small Birch Bell I have seen (Epinotia ramella f. costana). It was difficult to identify at first as it differs considerably from the usual form, but the excellent illustrations by Richard Lewington in the Field Guide to Micromoths of GB & Ireland (Sterling & Parsons) pinpointed it. The buddleia attracted Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and Brimstones. There were plenty of Common Darters by and on the path. During a walk round Woods Mill on 16th I spotted a 5th instar Comma larva on a nettle.
Lime-speck Pug, Eupithecia centaureata

Dark Spectacle, Abrostola triplasia

Double-striped Tabby, Orthopygia glaucinalis

Fern, Horisme tersata

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni

Broad-Leaved Willowherb, Epilobium montanum

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Common Centaury, Centaurium erythraea

Common Darter, female Sympetrum striolatum

Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana

Dor beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius

Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus

unidentified Ichneumon wasp

unidentified Ichneumon wasp

Lygaeid Bug, Orsillus depressus

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady

Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta

Small Birch Bell, Epinotia ramella f. costana
Woods Mill

Comma 5th instar larva, Polygonia c-album

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