Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Petersfield Heath wildfowl, butterflies and moths

Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
I visited Petersfield Heath on Monday, the first time I have walked around this nature reserve. I enjoyed the variety of habitats: woodland, some patches of heath among the grassland and the lakeside. The wildfowl had young: Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese and Mallards. I found a Dingy Flat-body moth larva on Hemlock Water-dropwort by the lake. A Small Tortoiseshell landed on brambles and a Small Tortoiseshell pupa hung from a heath stem. A Painted Lady flew by in a hurry, Large Skippers appeared and Meadow Browns fluttered everywhere in the grassland. Speckled Woods landed on bracken in the woodland areas. Other moths seen: Nettle-tap, Garden Grass-veneer and a Straw Dot. A Dusky Cockroach showed itself.

Canada Geese, Branta canadensis and
Egyptian Geese, goslings, Alopochen aegyptiacus 

Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana

Cytisus scoparius seed pods

Dingy Flat-body moth larva, Depressaria daucella feeding on
Hemlock Water-dropwort, Oenanthe crocata

Dingy Flat-body moth larva feeding on
Hemlock Water-dropwort

Dusky Cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus

Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea

Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella

Hedge Woundwort, Stachys sylvatica

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Mallard, ducklings, Anas platyrhynchos

Small Tortoiseshell pupa, Aglais urticae

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria

Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis

Viper's Bugloss, Echium vulgare

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