Barnsthorns Wood

A sunny, hot day, +30° C. Been to Barnsthorns Wood near Horsley.
The main insect attractant was a patch of Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) near a completely dried up woodland pond. There were even several veteran Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) males chasing after one another!
The most numerous butterfly was Green-veined White (Pieris napi):


Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus):


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Barnsthorns Wood

A very warm (+24° C) but mostly cloudy day. Been to Horsley.
The commonest moths in the woods are currently Nematopogon swammerdamella longhorns and Alabonia geoffrella oecophorids, they are everywhere.
A bumblebee mimic hoverfly Criorhina floccosa:


Quite unexpectedly caught a Mocha (Cyclophora annularia)!


Barnsthorns Wood

Been to Horsley today. First, went to Barnsthorns Wood north of the village.
It’s Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) time:


An Awl-fly (Xylophagus ater), never seen it before! The adult flies are, actually, seldom seen — most of their time is spent as a larva in rotting wood, where it can develop for as much as three years:


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