Along with the butterflies - a great green bush cricket (Tettigonia viridissima) was also noted:
|great green bush cricket - 2nd July|
A quick walk on the hill on the 5th July, in less than suitable conditions (heavily overcast, with strong cool winds) - still managed to produce our first sighting of the year for chalk hill blue (Polyommatus coridon) a very wind blown male - persistently flighty - whilst I tried to grab a record shot. Essex skipper also provided a brief opportunity to get off some photos.
Also seen yellow shell moth (Camptogramma bilineata).
|chalk hill blue - record shot 5th July|
|yellow shell 5th July|
|Essex skipper 5th July|
Returning to undertake the weekly transect on the 9th July (Week 15) two chalk hill blue males were recorded along with 13 other species of butterfly.
|chalk hill blues 9th July|
The Week 16 transect undertaken on 15th July - and saw the return on the wing of both small blue (Cupido minimus) - last recorded 20th June; and common blue (Polyommatus icarus) - last recorded 25th June. Strongly suggesting that a second brood had occurred with both species.
In total 20 butterfly species were recorded on the wing.
|small skipper 15th July|
Following the transect a quick afternoon's visit to Hook Heath on the north of Portsdown Hill was rewarded with sightings of only one of the three target species - silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia); failing to connect with white admiral (Limenitis camilla) and purple hairstreak (Favonius quercus).
|silver-washed fritillary Hook Heath 15th July|