Firstly , thanks again to Dean/DDD , for identifying last night's moths . Light Emerald and Brown china-mark in that order . Also to ShySongbird for putting forward Amblyteles armatorius for the Ichneunom , which I originally thought it was . But now I am going for Ichneumon suspiciosus , unless anyone knows better ?
After sorting out some chores this morning , with the strong wind back again , I set off for a site just over the county border in Surrey , that I heard had done really well with Small Blue butterflies this year , with three figures being mentioned . Not really a butterfly day , arriving in cloudy , cool conditions , with the occasional sunny period , the highlight of the visit were , several male Marbled Whites , frantically searching for females when the sun appeared , then returning to shelter when the sun went ,Rest-harrow /Ononis repens , a member of the Pea family , the rains have produced good sized Wild Strawberries/Fragaria vesca , a member of the Rose family . This one almost the size of a small marble ,I should be scratching my head over this one , but I think it is the same species posted by Rob/The Living Isle last night , Chrysotoxum bicinctum , thanks Rob ,eventually I did find some Small Blues , this shot showing how small they are , especially if the forewing is lowered ,nowhere near the three figures mentioned , but I would estimate 15/20 seen , and it is coming to the end of their flight season , a very fresh Small Tortoiseshell , also seen , Small Heath , Speckled Wood , Large and Small Skipper and Large White . Considering the conditions , not a bad tally .
After lunch , a short visit to Spring Park Pond , with conditions much the same , the highlights being ,my first Essex Skipper of the year ,I looked for the Peacock caterpillars , but couldn't find them as the Bracken is now taller than me , and was surprised to find this tatty adult in the same area ,with just two Large Red Damselflies around the pond , my search focused on the Bramble/scrub areas around the meadow , which held 20+ Large Skippers , and even though this female in the middle had two suitors , she mated with neither . More Marbled Whites , Small Skippers , Ringlets and Meadow Browns were also recorded .The Brambles also turned up the caterpillar of the Knotgrass moth .
Once again , not every species has been identified today ,what looks like a small Solitary Bee with a distinctive head ,and this specimen , looking a bit leaf/froghopper like , but I have never seen it before .