Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Another Tick

A few days ago, I was thrilled to find another new species (new to me anyway).  Lurking in a Hawthorn bush, this small, white moth caught my eye.#
Further investigation back home, revealed it to be a White-pinion Spotted Moth (Lomographa bimaculata). This is usually a southern species and as such, is close to it's northern limit here in the midlands. Hawthorn is one of the main food plants for the larvae of this moth.
Not anew tick, but just as pleasing to see, was a Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria), resting on the ground, among the fallen cherry petals.
Always worth finding, was a group of Wood Anemone flowers, growing beside Mapperley Reservoir. Normally white, these were displaying a pinkish, purple tinge as they reach the end of their flowering life.
More wild flowers to follow in the coming days...
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