A warm, mostly overcast day with some sunny spells, +26° C. Been to TsAGI forest (a woodland in Zhukovsky I’ve never surveyed before for some unknown reason). Turned out to be an excellent location!

Sooty Copper (Lycaena tityrus) is the rarest of the four Copper butterfly species I’ve found in Zhukovsky so far:


The Scarce Copper (Lycaena virgaureae) is the commonest. Numerous males I’ve seen today were all battered, while this female was in mint condition:


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A hot, sunny day, +31° C. Been to city park.

Second brood of Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria) is out. This species used to be monovoltine in Moscow region, but with the climate warming it is now bivoltine:


Leucozona glaucia hoverfly:


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A warm, sunny day, +22° C. Been to the city park.
Centrotus cornutus treehoppers:


I was very surprised to see numerous Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria), I’ve never seen them in Zhukovsky! In fact, in Moscow region this butterfly used to be mostly confined to the North and West of the region, while Zhukovsky is in the Centre/South-East. But today it was the commonest species of butterfly!


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