Archive for July, 2012

Recovery

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 28 July 2012 by bramblejungle

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
It seems generally accepted that the long wet spell has had an impact on many species, especially invertebrates, and butterfly numbers are low – surveys like Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count will help to provide an assessment. Some species are in evidence, and at last I’m seeing a few Red Admirals – presumably recent arrivals from central Europe – along with increasing numbers of Meadow Browns, Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), fMeadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), m?
GatekeepersGatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
and the occasional CommaComma (Polygonia c-album)
A few migrant Silver-Y moths have turned up, tooSilver Y (Autographa gamma)
Let’s see what August brings.

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Hoverflies

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 14 July 2012 by bramblejungle

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
This is still proving a poor year for butterflies – except for a few Marbled Whites locally – but hoverflies are pretty much in evidence. They are useful pollinators, and many species have larvae that eat aphids.Syrphus ribesii, fHoverflyChrysotoxum cautum

Butterflies do exist

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , on 8 July 2012 by bramblejungle

Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunus), m
A quick visit to Butts Piece between showers – and the first time I’ve seen significant numbers of butterflies all year. Dozens of Ringlets, a few Marbled Whites and Large Skippers, one or two Meadow Browns and Small Tortoiseshells: Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunus), m

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