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Saturday 17th June to Wednesday 21st June

Saturday 17th June 2017:
It was a very hot, sunny afternoon on the Common and I decided to walk a circuit on the Cook's side of the Worcester Rd.  It proved a successful walk as I recorded 14 Small Heath butterflies during the course of the circuit.    2 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moths were also of note.


Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena lonicerae)
















Monday 19th June 2017:
The hot weather continues with temperatures this afternoon pushing 30°c.  At Hillditch Pool there were 4 Emperor (3♂,1♀) and 1 ♂ Scarce Chaser dragonfly present.  I was also treated to a rare photographic opportunity of a Red-eyed Damselfly that actually perched up on a stem instead of sitting on a usual lily pad.


Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
















The meadow adjacent to the pool was very productive on the butterfly front with 2 Large Skipper, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Ringlet and 21 Meadow Brown noted.  A rather stunning Brimstone Moth was also observed.


Comma (Polygonia c-album)

















Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

















Wednesday 21st June 2017:
The hot spell of weather continued with the temperature again up at 30°c.  I decided to prioritize today's visit on the Cook's side of the Common where there are some quite substantial areas of  Lady's Bedstraw flowering and also a number of Common Knapweed plants in bloom.  It proved to be a wise decision as in this area there were 3 Marbled White butterflies on the wing.  This especially pleasing as not many records of this species have come from this side of the Common before.


♂ Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
















Other Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths) recorded during the visit included 8 Small Heath, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Comma, 8 Cinnabar plus the ubiquitous Ringlets and Meadow Browns


Also of interest was finding a mating pair of Fan-bristled Robberfly.  These are one of the speciality species of the Common's sandy heathland habitat.


Fan-bristled Robberfly (Dysmachus trigonus) - mating pair



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