Tuesday 19 September 2023

Late Summer along the Woodland Edge

 With the arrival of August and September, there is a hint in the weather that Autumn is not far away. In my local wealden woods, single brooded summer butterfly species have finished and have been replaced by those species that have two or three broods in a year.

However, nature provides an important nectar source for these late season insects. At this time of year a blueish haze borders many woodland rides as the flowers of Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) burst into colour. 

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Peacock (Aglais io)

Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Small Heath (C.pamphilus) (ab. antiparvipuncta)

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) (female)

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla

In Britain, camilla is predominantly a single-brooded species, flying from late June to early August. In good years, a partial second brood can occur which has become more regular in recent years. I happened upon this second brood male on 15th September.

Volucella inanis (Hoverfly sp.) (male and female)

Volucella zonaria (Hornet Hoverfly) (female)

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) (female)

Southern Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema meridionale) (female)

Spiked Shieldbug (Picromerus bidens) (mating)

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