Monday 29 June 2020

White Admirals and Silver-washed Fritillaries

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia
On 26th I visited Rewell Wood and found 4 moths: Yellow-barred Longhorn, Small Magpie, Black-tipped Ermine and the usual Common Marbles, plus a comb-footed spider.
On 28th I decided to try for White Admirals at Southwater Woods. There were many butterflies, and flowering brambles were the best places to find them at rest. Initially I saw lots of Silver-washed Fritillaries dashing around and nectaring and many Commas. The Commas were being aggressive towards other butterflies daring to come into their space. Plenty of Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Large and Small Skippers and Marbled Whites. Just before I returned to the car I spotted 2 White Admirals on one bramble flower head - mission accomplished! Sadly no Purple Emperors seen, I'll have to visit nearby Knepp estate for a chance of those.
Black-tipped Ermine, Yponomeuta plumbella 

Comb-footed spider, Enoplognatha species

Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus

Small Magpie, Anania hortulata 

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

Yellow-barred Longhorn, Nemophora degeerella 
Southwater Woods:
Comma, Polygonia c-album 

Comma, Polygonia c-album 

Comma, Polygonia c-album 
Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris 

Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris 

Common Marble, Celypha lacunana

Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis

Hedge Bindweed, Calystegia sepium

Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium 

Large Skipper

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea 

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina 

Mirid Bug, Liocoris tripustulatus 

Red-legged Shieldbug, final instar nymph, Pentatoma rufipes

Silver-washed Fritillary female, Argynnis paphia

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia 

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia 

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris 

White Admirals, Limenitis camilla 

White Admirals, Limenitis camilla

White Admirals, Limenitis camilla

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla 

White Admiral, Limenitis camilla 

Fan-foot, Acorn Piercer and other moths

Fan-foot, Herminia tarsipennalis
There was plenty of moth activity on the balcony on 25 June: 27 species including 6 new ones. On 24th there were 11 species.
24 June: Brown House Moth, Codling Moth, Dark Arches, False Cacao Moth, Garden Grass-veneer, Marbled Green, Peppered Moth, Privet Hawk-moth, Riband Wave, Heart and Darts.
25 June: Acorn Piercer (new), Box Tree Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Buff-tip, Cloaked Minor, Coleophora species, Double-striped Pug, Eudonia species, False Cacao Moth, Fan-foot (new), Garden Grass-veneer, Heart and Club, Least Carpet (new), Lesser Yellow Underwing, Light Brown Apple Moth, Marbled Green, Meadow Case-bearer, Oak Nycteoline, Orange Pine Twist, a pug, Riband Wave, Swallow-tailed Moth, Tawny-barred Angle, Toadflax Brocade, Treble Brown Spot, White-line Dart, Heart and Darts. Also lots of small ground beetles.
Brown House Moth, Hofmannophila pseudospretella 
Codling Moth, Cydia pomonella 

Common Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea

Dark Arches, Apamea monoglypha 

False Cacao Moth, Ephestia unicolorella woodiella

Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella 

Marbled Green, Cryphia muralis 
Peppered Moth, Biston betularia

Privet Hawk-moth, Sphinx ligustri

Privet Hawk-moth, Sphinx ligustri

Riband Wave, Idaea aversata ab remutata and False Cacao Moth, Ephestia unicolorella woodiella

Acorn Piercer, Pammene fasciana 

Box Tree Moth, Cydalima perspectalis

Bright-line Brown-eye, Lacanobia oleracea

Buff-tip, Phalera bucephala 

Cloaked Minor, Mesoligia furuncula 

Coleophora species 

Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

Eudonia species 

False Cacao Moth, Ephestia unicolorella (woodiella) 

ground beetle 

Heart and Club, Agrotis clavis 
Least Carpet, Idaea rusticata 

Lesser Yellow Underwing, Noctua comes

Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana 

Meadow Case-bearer, Coleophora mayrella 

Oak Nycteoline, Nycteola revayana

Orange Pine Twist, Lozotaeniodes formosana 

unidentified pug moth

Riband Wave, Idaea aversata 

Riband Wave, Idaea aversata ab remutata with pug moth

Swallow-tailed Moth, Ourapteryx sambucaria 

Tawny-barred Angle, Macaria liturata 

Toadflax Brocade, Calophasia lunula 

Treble Brown Spot, Idaea trigeminata

White-line Dart, Euxoa tritici