Butterflies are out at the park..
|Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)|
I had gone to do a Butterfly count at a patch of land just before you get to the park, it's right next to the road, the site of a nursing home. A few years back they pulled it down, cleaned it all up and seeded it with clover, this year the thistles have spread a little more and Mustard plants line the edge.
When I go to the park we have a little walk round, I hope no one buys the plot as it has come a haven for wildlife and the bees like the clover.
|Meadow Brown Butterfly (Maniola jurtina)|
Meadow browns and Ringlets are starting to look a little tired, but the Skippers I think have done so well this year, they are everywhere. I still struggle to tell large and small apart.
|Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)|
On this little patch I recorded..
3 Meadow Brown
One of the new wild flowers spotted on the edge of the land is Wild Carrot, a sweet little plant and I just love the two little red flowers in the middle of the flower. They are also known by the name
bird's nest, bishop's lace, and Queen Anne's lace.
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)|
By now I had moved onto the park land, I have a little route I follow, I know what lives in what area of the park, were to see the butterflies, birds and wild flowers.
Most of the plants are covered in Cardinal Beetles, often seen locked in a loving embrace.
Cardinal Beetles eat other insects but will eat each other if there is no food available.There is a margin of thistles along the edge of the grass and in one spot there is always a moth, but it still alludes me, disappearing into the nettles were I can not see it, this is were I noticed this rather large Hoverfly, I have not seen one so big, it was bigger than a bumble bee !
Through the gap of the boggy bit, there is often a black cat sat in the grass, to day it turned out to bring me luck, as I noticed the bright red/orange of the Comma butterfly I saw another butterfly feeding on the thistle. I did recognise it as I have seen a photo of some else were, but could not remember at the time what it was called or anything about it.
|White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album)|
It's a very pretty little thing and was quite happy to sit there while I took photos, in the end I tried to get it on my finger in the hope it would open it's wings so I could take a look, but it just flew of.
White-letter hairstreaks are small butterflies that breed on elm trees. These small butterflies prefer the tops of the trees so are hard to spot and easily missed.
Key identification features of this small brown butterfly are the small hairs located at the base of the wings and the white W-shaped line on the underside of the wing, from which it gains its name.
|Comma (Polygonia c-album)|
As I wandered round the park I managed to see my first Small white , Large white and Red admiral.
|Small white (Pieris rapae)|
|large white (Pieris brassicae)|
|Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)|
|Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines)|
and finely last night catch had a black and red Sexton beetle, not the prettiest looking thing as it is covered in small spider mites...