30 May, 2015

Brown Argus

The weird singing maverick Willow Warbler was still present at Stokes Field when I visited this afternoon to check up on the local population of Commophila aeneana. Despite being seriously hard to find in the long grass, the moths appear to be doing well and as usual were looking absolutely stunning in the sunshine.

However, the moth found itself overshadowed when something even more fantastic flew past - a Brown Argus! Despite being fairly common in suitable calcareous grassland habitats, this represents only the second record for Stokes Field after one back in 2012. With an array of suitable foodplants around and about to breed on, here's hoping this little gem becomes a more regular sight on the patch.

Brown Argus

Commophila aeneana

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