Banstead Downs

A cloudy, warm and windy day, +28° C. Been to Banstead Downs in Belmont.
Chalkhill Blues (Lysandra coridon) are emerging, only males seen so far:

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A mating pair of Tolmerus atricapillus robber-flies:

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A single male:

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Absolutely crazy numbers of Six-spot Burnets (Zygaena filipendulae):

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A Burnet’s cocoon with exuvium protruding; Burnets are rather primitive moths and their pupae have free appendages and are able to move: they rip the cocoon and partially get out just before the emergence of the moth:

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Conops quadrifasciatus bee-grabber fly, a parasitoid of bumblebees:

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Common Blues (Polymmatus icarus) are indeed common:

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But it’s the Chalkhill ones that are a highlight:

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