Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve – 11/06/13

With little sun forecast for the day, I decided to head for this local nature reserve to try to see Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages, before their season comes to a close. Despite the less than ideal conditions several species of butterfly were observed, including a handful of Dingy Skipper E. tages, some looking extremely worn, though one or two still in excellent condition. In addition to the target species, several Small Heaths Coenonympha pamphilus and Common Blues Polyommatus icarus were also observed flying, along with a single Green-veined White Pieris rapae.

After photographing the butterflies I turned my attention to some of the other invertebrates on the site, as seen below.

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tagesDingy Skipper – Erynnis tages

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarusMale Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarusFemale Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus

Green-veined White - Pieris rapaeGreen-veined White – Pieris rapae

Small Heath - Coenonympha pamphilusSmall Heath – Coenonympha pamphilus

Pied Shieldbug - Sehirus bicolorPied Shieldbug – Sehirus bicolor

Froghopper - Cercopis vulnerataFroghopper – Cercopis vulnerata

Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceusNettle Weevil – Phyllobius pomaceus

Hoverfly - Volucella bombylansHoverfly – Volucella bombylans

Fly - Lucilia sp.Fly – Lucilia sp.

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