Monday, 29 September 2014

White Admiral Pupa.

Following the sighting of a second generation of White Admirals on the Isle of Wight earlier this month(see blog entry of the 15th September) what better time to show a photo of the butterflies' pupa stage

The pupa is typically formed upside down under a leaf or stem of the foodplant, secured by the cremaster. This stage is a very unusual shape, with two prominent horns on the head, and a curious protrusion at the back. This stage lasts 2 to 3 weeks.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Not Just One Clouded Yellow.

After waiting all season to see my first Clouded Yellow,today on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Wheelers Bay,Bonchurch,there were four flying vigorously along the revetment.All seemed in pristine condition and it can be thought that they have all emerged locally instead of making the trip across the Channel.
Still in good numbers at the Bay are Common Blues and as the Buddleia bushes continue in full flower several Red Admirals too.



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.