Two Peacocks and a Common Hawker still on the wing,
|Yponomeuta evonymella||Bird-cherry Ermine|
|Catoptria margaritella||Pearl-band Grass Veneer|
|Idaea biselata||Small Fan-footed Wave|
|Xanthorhoe designata||Flame Carpet|
|Xanthorhoe montanata||Silver-ground Carpet|
|Eupithecia centaureata||Lime-speck Pug|
|Crocallis elinguaria||Scalloped Oak|
|Noctua pronuba||Large Yellow Underwing|
|Noctua comes||Lesser Yellow Underwing|
|Noctua janthe||Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing|
|Diarsia rubi||Small Square-spot|
|Xestia baja||Dotted Clay|
|Lacanobia thalassina||Pale-shouldered Brocade|
|Cryphia domestica||Marbled Beauty|
|Apamea monoglypha||Dark Arches|
|Mesapamea secalis agg.||Common Rustic agg.|
|Chortodes pygmina||Small Wainscot|
(Photos: Common Blue and Six-spot Burnet moths)
(Pictures: Azure Damselfies, Common Blue)
Along the hedge at the barley field beside Dubbs Quarry there were 34 Small Tortoiseshells and 11 Meadow Browns. There were 7 further Meadow Browns in the quarry itself, along with 8 Green-veined Whites. 5 Six-spot Burnet Moths were on the wing over the damp, mossy grassland at the far end of the site. Also, there were a couple of male Common Darters at a small puddle – the first males I’ve seen this year. Over the main water body there were 20-30 ‘blue’ damselflies – the few I positively identified were Common Blues. There were also 4 Blue-tailed Damselflies.
The ‘butterfly grassland’ at the south of the Ardeer Quarry LNR site had 4 Common Blues, 1 Small Heath, 1 Six-Spot Burnet Moth, 2 Meadow Browns, and 1 Green-veined White. There was a single Ringlet and a couple of Small Tortoiseshells nearby.
(Photo: Green-veined White)
A few days ago a local wildlife enthusiast told me that he saw a Fritillary at Ardeer Fen and that he was 100% sure it was not just a Painted Lady. Visiting the site on Saturday I flushed a large, very bright orange butterfly. It sped off with purpose west. A couple of hundred meters further on I flushed a second butterfly of the same species and it flew off east never to be seen again. Very frustrating, but I’m pretty sure that these were Dark Green (?) Fritillaries.