Friday, 20 May 2016

All the Leps are brown...

….and the sky was grey. I’ve been for a walk…

…at Aldbury Nowers (which doesn't fit into the Carpenters' song lyrics...at all, even with a crowbar). It's right on the edge of Herts, a SSSI and a chalk grassland. I joined a new friend for a wander and in spite of a serious lack of sunshine, we notched up all things winged & brown, and the occasional splash of colour:

Butterflies
Dingy Skipper 7
Grizzled Skipper 3
Brown Argus 5
Small Heath 3
Orange-tip 11
Brimstone 9
Green-veined White 1
Moths
Treble-bar (Aplocera plagiata)
Mother Shipton (Callistege mi)
Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata)
Burnet Companion (Euclidia glyphica)
Wavy-barred Sable (Pyrausta nigrata)
Common Purple & Gold (Pyrausta purpuralis)

Dingy, hoping for some sunshine

Grizzled Skipper
Brown Argus


Spot the moth!....a Treble-bar (Aplocera plagiata), I think, judging by this helpful ID tip 


Wavy-barred Sable (Pyrausta nigrata) 
on a Common Rock-rose, I think
Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata) 
on Common Mouse-ear, its larval foodplant

6 comments:

  1. Lovely set of photos Lucy, like the Dingy Skipperin its natuaral surroundings.

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  2. orange tips are having a great spring!

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    1. They do seem to be the ones that cope best with the lack of sunshine!

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  3. A great selection, lovely shots!

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    1. Thanks Martin. It's an interesting place albeit far too hilly. Glad I don't have a butterfly transect on it!

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