Friday, 19 September 2014

A Small Ray of Sunshine.

This morning has been  muggy and thundery with not a lot of sunshine,but at least in my back garden this Small Copper on a geranium flower brightened up the day.
As the sun appeared in the afternoon it was joined in the sunshine by a male Common Blue.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Quiet Day.

It has really been a pleasure to wander around Walters Copse this week.The excitement of discovering a second generation of White Admirals this year and the activity in the copse this week with the warm and sunny weather has been a joy.
Today in contrast was disappointing as the clouds returned and we had only the occasional sunny interval.
The butterflies did not seem to get going and sightings were low.When the sun did appear just the odd Red Admiral,Comma,and Meadow Brown showed.However the Wall Browns are still in the copse and along the main path two males vied with each other for any sunny spot.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Late Summer Colour in our Woodland.

Another visit to Walters Copse yesterday following the discovery of a second generation of White Admirals the day before.However this time no sign of them despite the warm sunny conditions.
The Common Fleabane is still flowering along the woodland paths and it attracted at least four Wall Brown that were hurriedly feeding on it.A host of the usual late summer butterflies were again present  including  a handsome Large White.
Among all the colour on show was the impressive Yellow and Black Longhorn Beetle,Rutpela maculata(formerly Strangalia maculata) which is a common species found in woodland.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Back on the Wing.

A beautiful calm  and warm afternoon at Walters Copse,Newtown, and among the usual late summer butterflies were three White Admirals.This seems to be late for this species and as they all looked 'new', they must have very recently emerged.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Still Not Seen One.

The drifts of Common Fleabane are still attracting Comma,Red Admiral,Peacock,and Brimstone in Walters Copse,and joining them today.was this Painted Lady.
It is the first I have seen for some time but it would have been good to see a Clouded Yellow as I have not managed to tick one off this year so far.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014


The Hummingbird Hawkmoth is a summer visitor to the Isle of Wight.Most sightings are made during August and September although it is possible to see this spectacular moth from as early as April to the end of the year.
Yesterday at Wheelers Bay,Bonchurch,I had the treat of seeing at least four individuals nectaring on the ample drifts of Red Valerian along the revetment.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Warm Walters.

In my local copse the sun was shining bringing back the warm and summery weather.The butterflies were out in numbers on the drifts of Common Fleabane and in particular  many pristine Red Admirals.Several late summer species were also on show including  Brimstone and Green-veined White.