11 Jul 18

Pennsylvania Castle Wood, St Andrew's Church, Rufus Castle and Mermaid Track

An anti-clockwise walk today and another very warm one again. Still plenty of butterflies about and a slight increase in Peacocks with 5 seen. Along the Mermaid Track dozens of Gatekeepers with a few mating.

Butterflies seen today were: Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Peacock, Comma, Adonis Blue and Chalk Hill Blue.

After seeing so many Silver Y moths over the past few days, it was big surprise that I didn't come across one today. The only moths on the wing were several Six-spot Burnets.

Lots of Red-tailed Cuckoo-bees and Common Carder Bees seen.

Also recorded: Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva), Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis), Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) and Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus).

A few hoverflies on the wing with Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) and Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea) seen.

Also about 2 Common Buzzards, a Kestrel and several juvenile Blue Tits. Overhead great to hear a few Swifts screaming.

Here are a few images from today, in the order I took them. I find it very difficult to ID the Skippers, so I apologise if I have labelled any incorrectly.

A Speckled Wood in Penn's Wood.

The grounds of St Andrew's Church

One of many Six-spot Burnet moths. 

A very bedraggled Large Skipper

A Small Skipper

The grounds of St Andrew's Church looking back towards Pennsylvania Castle.

I'm hoping I have this one correct.......

.........a female Adonis Blue.

Another Six-spot Burnet moth. 

A Gatekeeper. A very numerous butterfly at the moment.

A Small Skipper

The same as above.

A Common Green Grasshopper

Another Small Skipper.

A Chalk Hill Blue along Mermaid track again.

A very confusing looking Speckled Wood with all those spots on the underwing. It was only when it opened its wings that I realised it was missing its left back wing.

This is how it should look when the wings intact.

The hoverfly Myathropa florea, also known as the Dead Head Fly.