Thursday, June 23, 2005

Chim Chim Cher-ee

Visited Barnack Hills and Holes this lunchtime specifically looking for this gorgeous little moth. It is a dayflier in grassy, limey places and rather locally distributed. It may be small but it has loads of character. I particularly like the way it waves its wings slowly after settling. I encountered about eight moths, mainly on the western side of the reserve.

Other species present:
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus perlella

The Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata) - click for bigger pictures

Crambus perlella

Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea)

Nikon CP995

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