Saturday 14 July 2018

Bordered Beauty, Smoky-barred Marble and Purple Hairstreak

Bordered Beauty - a truly stunning moth. Otherwise last night's catch was disappointing, though 12 Silver Ys was a good haul for me. Interestingly, although I don't catch too many of these, I caught one on exactly the same date last year. The larval foodplants are Grey Willow, Black Poplar, Alder and Hazel, according to 'Waring and Townsend'.
On the bird front - a Reed Warbler in full song from reeds opposite Lower Halsdon Farm, and right next to the railway line, was a real surprise.
A walk around Blackhill Quarry and Bystock produced massive numbers of butterflies with the highlight being Purple Hairstreak.

Smoky-barred Marble - Lobesia abscisana - only my second record of this species.


Silver-washed Fritillary

Painted Lady

White Admiral

Purple Hairstreak

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