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Sightings

July 2021

Latteridge 13th July 2021

A few pics taken while working at Organic Blooms of Micro Moth, Common Red Soldier Beetles & a Male Large Skipper in the meadow.

Large Skipper [Male]

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Castle Coombe 17th July 2021

Me & Dad went for a walk near Castle Coombe to look for Butterflies as it was nice & sunny. We saw a Comma first of all and a Male Silver-washed Fritillary [first of the year]. There were at least 4 Speckled Woods on th wing. We also found a Bellflower in full flower. A few Ringlets were flying around the meadow. On our way back to the car, we found a Male Holly Blue feeding on Horse droppings, a bit like Purple Emperors. It was also perched on a leaf and opened it's wings briefly to show the faint black tips to the edge of the wings.

Latteridge 19th July 2021

I didn't manage to photograph much while I was working at Organic Blooms, except a Peacock Butterfly, Marbled White [1st & only one on site since about 2013] & Large White. When I got home that afternoon, there was a Brown-tail Moth perched on our back door, beautifully camouflaged against the white door. I first found it that morning perched on our kitchen celling.

Comma

Silver-washed Fritillary [Male]

Comma

Silver-washed Fritillary [Male]

Speckled Wood

Bellflower

Ringlet

Holly Blue [Male]

Holly Blue [Male]

Me & Dad popped out to Inglestone to look for Violet Helleborine. Plenty of Greater Willowherb were in flower by the carpark at the Stonywood end. There were a few Gatekeepers perched on some flowers and a little Skipper with it's wings closed as it was a hot day. A few more Silver-washed Fritillaries were on the wing around the area & nearby Lower Woods GWT. These included a least 4 Females, but no Valezinas. We saw a Peacock Butterfly from the 2nd generation and a Large White feeding on the remaining bramble flowers near the bridge. From the bridge, we saw a Male Beautiful Demoiselle & Whirligig Beetles on some Lily Pads. A few Common Spotted Orchids were still in flower at this time, but some had already gone to seed. We found a pair of Silver-washed Fritillares copulating. Sadly we didn't find any Violet Helleborine on this occasion.

Stonywood & Lower Woods GWT
18th July 2021

Before we went to Inglestone, we checked the Moth Trap that we put out overnight. There was Green Pug, Chrysoteuchia culmella [Garden Grass-veneer], Brown Light Apple Moth, 2 Buff Tips, Haworth's Pug, several Common Footman Moths, Marbled Beauty, Old Lady, Small Blood-vein, 2 Elephant Hawk-moths, Heart & Dart, Dark Arches, 2 Coronets, Common Rustic, & Lesser Yellow Underwing.

Elephant Hawk-moth

Buff-tip

Haworth’s Pug

Common Footman

Marbled Beauty

Simon King Talk

Hart & Dart

Coronet

Common Rustic

Coronet

Silver-washed Fritillary [Female]

Peacock

Large White

Beautiful Demoiselle [Male]

Silver-washed Fritillary [Male]

Silver-washed Fritillary [Pair]

Marbled White

Small White [Male]

Brown-tail

Latteridge 20th July 2021

While I was on my morning break at Organic Blooms, I photographed a Brimstone Moth.

Yate 22nd July 2021

A Female Large White laid some eggs on some plants in our back garden. We managed to find some & photographed the eggs on the leaves. We will be keeping our eye on them hatching out into Caterpillars & developing before they pupate.

Large White [Eggs]

Large White [Egg]

Yate 23rd July 2021

We put the Moth Trap out the previous night, hoping to attract some different species. We checked in the morning & there was 7 Common Footman Moths, Nut Tree Tussock, Oak Eggar, Ruby Tiger, Small Blood-vein, Common Rustics, 2 Riband Waves, Vine's Rustic, Marbled Green, Chrysoteuchia culmella [Garden Grass-veneer], Agriphila tristella [Common Grass-veneer], Heart & Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Elder Pearl, Elephant Hawk-moth, Tachystola acroxantha [Ruddy Streak], Lackey Moth & Knott Grass.

Nut Tree Tussock

Oak Eggar

Ruby Tiger

Small Blood-vein

Riband Wave

Common Rustic

Marbled Green

Riband Wave

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Marbled Green

Lackey

Common Footman

Knott Grass

Yate 24th July 2021

The following morning, I found an Ermine Moth perched on our bathroom window sill. As there are 3 similar species that are white: Spindle, Bird-cherry & Apple/Ochard Ermines, these can awfully tricky to identify correctly. Also in the bathroom was a Jumping Spider [Pseudeuophrys lanigera] & Orange Stripe-necked Lacewing [Hemerobius micans].

Ermine Moth

Orange Stripe-necked Lacewing

Commoa

Latteridge 26th July 2021

A few pics taken while working at Organic Blooms that day were of  a Female Small Skipper, Comma, Brown Argus & a Male Common Blue.

Small Skipper [Female]

Common Blue [Male]

Brown Argus

Common Blue [Male]

Latteridge 27th July 2021

A few more pics taken while working at Organic Blooms of Greater Willowherb, Small White, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Small Skipper & Silver Y Moth.

Small Copper

Meadow Brown [Female]

Small Skipper [Female]

Small Copper

Silver Y Moth

Lower Woods GWT 31st July 2021

Me & Dad went back to Lower Woods GWT to have another look for the Violet Helleborine. A few Silver-washed Fritillares were still on the wing. We managed to find one Violet Helleborine deep within the woods in full flower. A few Cuckoo Pints had gone to seed & were scattered throughout the woodland. We saw a couple of Ringlets in the meadow.

Silver-washed Fritillary [Female]

Cuckoo Pint

Ringlet

Violet Helleborine

Violet Helleborine