Bookham Common

A warm, sunny day, +28° C. Been to Bookham.

Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) and Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) are the main nectar sources at the moment, with Mint also never disappointing.
Turnip Sawflies (Athalia rosae) mating:


Got this unidentified sawfly with dilated hind tibiae:


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Bookham Common

A warm day that started out sunny but became cloudy in the afternoon, +19° C. Been to Bookham.

A local Brachypalpus laphriformis hoverfly, one of those that breed in rotting wood. It was last recorded at Bookham in 1953:


Gastrophysa viridula dock leaf beetles:


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Bookham Common

A warm, sunny morning, +24° C.
With a Herculean, all-out effort got up early and went to Bookham to try and get photos of the Purple Emperor (Apatura iris).
None were seen. Not a single one!

The Silver-washed Fritillaries (Argynnis paphia) are abundant.
A female:


A male:


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Bookham Common

A hot, sunny day, +29° C. Been to Bookham.
Lots of insects around, but nothing interesting 😦
Purple Emperors (Apatura iris) are not uncommon, but fly high up in the tree crowns. I guess I’ll have to come there very early in the morning to get a shot of these. Plenty of Purple Hairstreaks (Quercusia quercus).
A Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) male:


Common Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) male:


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Bookham Common

A very warm, sunny day, +27° C. Been to Bookham.
Quite a lot of Orange-tips (Anthocharis cardamines) flying, but couldn’t get a decent shot. Also lots of St Mark’s Flies (Bibio marci) everywhere.

Saw quite a few Coleophora lutarea micro-moths on the flowers of Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), which blooms en masse on all clearings and road edges:


A gravid female Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia):


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