August

August seems to have flown by, but there’s been a lot of wildlife activity. The month began with a big influx of migratory Silver-Y moths
Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
and the unmown lawn “meadow” produced a good crop of solitary bees, including these “slender mining bees”
Lasioglossum calceatum (Slender Mining Bee) ?
and Common Blue butterflies
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), m.
Now it’s September I’ll have to get the mower out!
I saw my first Poplar Hawk Moth
Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)
and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth at rest
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)
and plenty of other common moths
Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina) m + f
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe)
and Red Admiral caterpillars
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) caterpillar
I’m still wondering what effect the invasion of Harlequin ladybirds will have locally: there are still plenty of native species around, especially the 7-spot, but this may be the future: it remains to be seen whether hybridisation will be successful.7 + 15 = ?

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One Response to “August”

  1. Beautiful shots as always. =)

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