Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Otmoor - 6th August

An unusual form of an unwelcome invader - a Harlequin Ladybird with 4 yellow spots on black background (Harmonia axyridis)

Harlequin Ladybird

Also, 15 butterfly species along the very sheltered Roman Road: Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper - but not what I went to look for: Brown Hairstreak!

Small Copper

Plus Brown and Southern Hawker Dragonflies, Common and Ruddy Darters, and Emerald Damselflies
Southern Hawker
(showing yellow stripes on thorax)

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