Cambridge and essex butterflies
Common Heath moths were everywhere at the bottom of the Dyke and there were also lots of Bee-flies on the wing, including this mating pair. The weather this weekend has been sunny all day and very warm for the season.
Yesterday we had Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing, but no Holly Blues.
NATIONAL MOTHNIGHT 2012 was from Thursday 21 June to Saturday 23 June.
One of the key species looked for was the Four-spotted Moth.
None of us saw any High Brown Fritillaries although we spent quite a time looking. Although the weather was not ideal, with only intermittent sunshine, there was enough sun to bring out a good number of Grizzlies, as well as several Brown Argus, Small Coppers and Common Blues.
They were in the garden by mid-day and a large holly bush in the churchyard was soon hosting an active colony.
Surprisingly we have not seen any Common Blues here yet.
A mass emergence of Six-spot Burnets has occurred and they are settling against a background of yellow lady's bedstraw which has grown profusely throughout south Cambridgeshire.
Here are 3 shots of ab taras. Went to Chiddingfold for the Tour de Tildy charity cycle ride and just had time for a quick look at Oaken Wood.
I stumbled across a Grizzled Skipper within sight of the entrance board, and then numerous Wood Whites as I ventured further into the reserve. As later I cycled past the Botany Bay entrance (see the book's entry for Oaken Wood), a Wood White had ventured out of the reserve onto the roadside.