We are going to use the last few days of 2019 to review the year’s new entrants to our species lists.Continue reading “2019 review – part 1”
Of the 21 species of butterfly identified in the park this summer, two do not overwinter here: the painted lady (Vanessa cardui) and the red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)Continue reading
Almost all of the 21 species of butterfly that have been seen in the park this summer, will overwinter here. Butterflies can hibernate in all four of the stages of their development.
Britain has fifty eight species of butterfly, and nine of these species spend the winter as an egg, thirty two spend it as a caterpillar, eleven as a pupa, and six as an adult.Here are some examples:
A speckled wood (Pararge aegeriais) on hawthorn berries photographed last weekend by DKG.Continue reading “Speckled wood”
The disappearance of the wall brown (Lasiommata megera) from areas of southern England has mystified conservationists for two decades.Continue reading “Wall”
Ian Bushell, Hugh Wright and Mark Bushell conducted a Butterfly Transect in the park on Wednesday.Continue reading “Butterfly Transect”
Skippers are a family of Hesperiidae in the order of Lepidoptera; because they are diurnal, we generally called them butterflies but many authorities class them as a group intermediate between butterflies and moths. They are called skippers because of their rapid and darting flight.Continue reading “Skippers”
And the underwings of a common blue that DKG found this morning in Lambrok Meadow.
A lucky speckled wood that just got away at the cost of a more than half of one of its four wings.
The picture is by DKG
The day’s wanderings
by Ian Bushell
There was a Common Blue butterfly just emerged in the old pond at the end of Lambrok Meadow and, after a long chase, I got a picture of a female Southern Hawker (see above) near the carved Wheel close to the Picnic area.Continue reading
The first meadow brown butterflies hatch at the end of May and by now, the middle of July, some are beginning to look really tattered.Continue reading