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Friday, 7 July 2017

Butterflies and moths on Wolstonbury Hill today

Forester Moth, Adscita statices
This Forester Moth, Adscita statices was on Ragwort that the Friends of Wolstonbury Hill were removing today to limit the spread of seeds to adjacent hay meadows.
There is so much Ragwort that many more volunteers would have been most welcomed.
If you are interested to get involved, please see and join us on our next work party.

Several Fritillary butterfly were flying swiftly across the grassland.  And just occasionally one would stop to refuel on a thistle.
This moth is yet to be identified.
Other species seen included Marbled Whites, copious Meadow Browns, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Heath, Small Skipper and Silver-spotted Skipper.
Small Skipper?

Small Heath

Field Cuckoo Bee, Bombus campestris
Finnally a Cuckoo bumblebee -- Field Cuckoo Bee, Bombus campestris on Knapweed.

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