Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Weather Good, Butterflies Poor!!

A Bank Holiday morning and the sun was shining. Perfect to check out the local butterfly hotspots. The Comp is normally very good by now for Speckled Wood, so it was disappointing to only see 4 along the whole length of about a mile. The positive was that at least 2 were very fresh so hopefully there are still plenty to come yet. It was then onto Greenway Bank, the first place in Sussex for Green Hairstreak last year. Not a single one though today and to the best of my knowledge, none have been seen here this year yet. Only one Dingy Skipper seen but around double figures of Small Copper lifted the spirits a bit. Apart from that just a few Peacock were flying. 



Male Speckled Wood.


A very fresh micro moth Pyrausta nigrata was very nice to see as well as a near fully grown Drinker moth larva.




Pyrausta nigrata




Drinker larva.




Dock-leaf Bug.




Herb Robert (Also known as 'Stinking Bob')!!









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