Monday, 27 June 2011

Monday 27th. June 2011

Well , the wind was back again this morning , plus a temperature of 25C at 0900 . I decided to head up onto the Downs , generally for butterflies , but more specifically to see if the Chalkhill Blues had emerged yet . The reserve managed mainly for this species failed to produce any , but it did produce a mating pair of Ringlets ( 96 recorded in total ) . Further along the Downs , my first female Marbled White of the year . The female differs from the male with light brown/white markings on the under side of the hindwing , as opposed to the male's black/white markings ( 15 in total recorded ) . The Small Blues were found in exactly the same place as last time , but they are no longer pristine . This and another male fought constantly ( 3 in total recorded ) . My search was not in vain for the Chalkhill Blue , when in a sheltered corner I disturbed a male that had only just emerged , my first of the year , and the only one recorded . A flash of orange had me chasing in the heat , but I did manage this shot of the Dark-green Fritillary , the only one recorded , before it headed off again . Other species recorded , Large White (8) , Small Skipper (25) , Meadow Brown (90) , Common Blue (2) , Small Heath (8) , Small White (3) , and Comma (1) , a total of 13 species .
A few reptiles were also found , mainly Slow Worms , but 2 Adders , surprising given the conditions were also seen . The first , a female beat the camera , but the second , a male stayed just long enough for a couple of shots . Still not a great deal of colour on the chalk grassland , but these few are doing their best ,Wild Basil/Clinopodium vulgare , a member of the Labiate family .
one of my favourites , the tiny Squinancywort/Asperula cynanchica , a member of the Bedstraw family ,Wild Thyme/Thymus serpyllum , another Labiate ,Dwarf Thistle/Cirsium acaule , a member of the Daisy family ,Common Rock-rose/ Hellianthemum nummalarium ,and finally Common Centaury/Centaurium erythraea , a member of the Gentian family . Back near the car , this Field Grasshopper was feeling lucky playing on the road .
And finally , a couple for the man . The first I should know as I was told it last year , but my memory doesn't last that long , and the second , a silvery version , that looks like it could be related .


Anonymous said...

Hi, Greenie. The first one is definitely Oncocera semirubella and the second one could well be Crambus perlella.

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photo of the Marbled White Greenie and the Dark-green Fritillary really is very attractive, that's another one I have never seen.

A nice selection of wild flowers too.

Incidentally, you mentioned the other day somewhere that you have the Fitter, Fitter and Blamey book. I have an ancient copy of their Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe paperback among my books and out of curiosity I looked on Amazon to see if there has been a reprint. There hasn't but they are selling the secondhand paperback of their Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland for between £59 and £115!!! So if you have that one it is worth money, sadly mine isn't :(

Warren Baker said...

Still to find a Marbled White Greenie :-)

Dont you go over-doing it in this heat, chasing around for flutters at your age indeed :-) :-)

Rob said...

Greenie, You must have been close in for the Squinancywort - that's tiny.

My technique for finding Dwarf Thistle is to picnic on the downs - I invariably sit on one if not half a dozen!

Paul said...

Some great shots there mate, Ive yet to see Small blue, Marbled white, or Green Fritillary.

Something you may be interested in, for approx a week now, ive spotted 2 male Adders. It seems the males are moving back into the area, because I havent seen a male for a couple of months now, just females. Also I went on an early evening trek Sunday night, and i came across both Grass snake and female Adder, which were still out and about after 7.00pm. Must be the warm weather?

Alan Pavey said...

Some really good Butterflies there Greenie, a couple I've not seen yet, with some nice photos to go with it. I had my first Semirubella last year, nice micro :-)