Monday, 9 May 2016

May 9th Mousehold Heath

Green Hairstreak
I have been doing two butterfly surveys at Mousehold Heath today. It was very warm this afternoon, perfect conditions for these beautiful insects, though there was a bit of a breeze around which could put them off. Thankfully, Will and I managed to record 16 individuals on one side and 13 on the other. This included two green hairstreaks, a small green butterfly which blends in well with the gorse bushes that they depend on to lay their eggs. We also had one red admiral, one peacock, several orange-tips, holly blues and a few whites (small, large and green-veined). I expect that if the warm weather continues, we should see more butterflies in the next few weeks.
Speckled Wood
Red Admiral

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