Monday, 4 April 2016

Whirligig Jig

This last week has seen an increase in insect activity on Pevensey Levels. Butterflies that have hibernated over winter are now becoming numerous, clouds of midges are starting to appear and tiny Whirligig Beetles are gathering to perform their frantic whirling displays on the water surface of ditches and pools.
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Whirligig Beetles (Gyrinus substriatus)

Midge sp. emerging from its pupa in a muddy puddle.

Small numbers of moths are being attracted to the trap at home and the Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) is another common early season species.

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