Saturday 8 July 2017

Heathy Insects

Straw-barred Pearl - Pyrausta despicata. Several of these in Bystock meadow today. Also masses of Six-spot Burnet and several butterfly species.
Four Teal off Mudbank was a bit unseasonal but 9 Common Scoter off the seafront less so. Otherwise just a single Redshank off Mudbank and a couple Mediterranean Gulls off the Imperial made the notebook. Luckily insects put on a far better showing than birds today, with Bystock meadow absolutely buzzing with life - a fantastic little reserve!

Common Purple and Gold - Pyrausta purpuralis Bystock

Marbled White
Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle - Rutpela maculata - Thank you Tim.

Variable Smudge -Ypsolopha ustella - a new micro for me.

Horse Chestnut - nice to see in its natural resting posture.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Loads of Silver Y on the heaths today

Broad-barred White - a classy species and the first one I've seen this year. Other species that have made their first appearance over the last couple of days include Muslin Footman, Jersey Tiger, Coronet, Common Carpet, Pinion-streaked Snout and Herald. The only immigrant species in the trap last night were 3 Dark Sword Grass and 3 Silver Y.

Jersey Tiger

Triangle-marked Roller - Ancylis achatana

Common Carpet

Pale-bordered Piercer - Grapholita janthinana

Swammerdamia sp - possibly pyrella?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Matt, beetle is a longhorn - Rutpela maculata, once you start looking you'll see them everywhere, Tim