Posts Tagged ‘Meadow Brown Butterfly’

I decided to make a diversion on the way back home from the town centre and have a look around the gardens of Eltham Palace. This can be a very good place for insects in the summer months despite its busyness as a tourist attraction.

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There were plenty of Gatekeepers on the grass meadow along with a few meadow Browns and a couple of small white butterflies. A dragonfly flew by (either Southern or Migrant Hawker) but I was not able to see it well enough to confirm its identity

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

In the flower margins I found a Mint Moth and a large Buff-tailed Bumblebee (might well be a Queen judging by size and amount of buff in tail).

Mint Moth

Mint Moth

Buff-tailed bumblebee

Buff-tailed bumblebee

I finished my walk by the moat, where there are some lily pads to see if there where any damselflies present. It was a surprise to find half a dozen Red-eyed damselflies, which I have not recorded her before. Later closer examination of photos showed that these were in fact Small Red-eyed damselfly, which makes this the 3rd site in Greenwich borough I have recorded for this species.

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Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

This species is a recent newcomer to the UK being first recorded in SE England in 1999. It has now spread and is found from Devon in the west, through the midlands and up as far as Yorkshire in the north. However in recent years its spread has slowed down and it does not seem to be spreading much beyond this region.

An excellent hours diversion which just shows that you dont have to travel far to observe interesting wildlife.

After a morning appointment I stopped off at Sutcliffe Park LNR to do today’s Butterfly count.

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The predominant butterfly species were Meadow Brown and Small White, although a couple of sightings of Common Blue was the highlight. Dragonflies were also evident with 5+ Emperor Dragonflies present and 3 Common Darters.

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Male & Female Common Blue Butterflies
Common Blue Butterfly
Photo by Bart Busschots (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbusschots/)

Common Darter

Common Darter

There were also some interesting birds with a Grey Wagtail on the edge of the Marsh area and an adult Little Grebe feeding one youngster on the Lake (up to 4 youngsters have been seen in the past week) so it seems that they have had a good breeding season here.

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Small Tortoiseshell [sp] (Aglais urticae)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)