Firstly , a quick catch up on yesterday , when I spent two and a half hours searching the likely glades that would hold the butterflies that Kent Butterfly Conservation members would hope to see at High Elms on the 22nd . Those species were White Admiral , Silver-washed Fritillary and White-lettered Hairstreak , and I did not find a single specimen of any of those species . In fact , I only found 6 species , Skipper (S4,L3) ,Speckled Wood (2) , Meadow Brown (35+) , Ringlet (7) and a single Comma , the first seen for weeks . With things this bad this year , what is going to happen next ? One
This morning , following 'information recieved' , I had arranged to meet Kent Butterfly Recorder Mike Easterbrook , to see a plant that I had never seen before , on a Local Nature Reserve , Ditton Quarry , not far from East Malling . We went straight for the Yellow Bartsia / Parentucellia viscosa ,
And finally , three specimens that I could do with some help with please .
After more digging , still sticking with original ID .
Even though only about 2mm , I have to agree with Phil / Sharp by Nature with his ID of 24-spot Ladybird / Subcoccinella 24-punctata . Cheers Phil .
With more digging on this one too , still staying with Ichneumons , possibly Netelia sp , but as always , stand to be corrected on any of these .
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