Butterflies are out and about, though, and I've had Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and now Orange Tip.
The male Orange Tip is unmistakeable, with those bright orange wing-tips:
|Orange Tip butterfly - male|
Green-veined White is usually the first of the spring-emerging butterflies on the patch. The males have fewer black markings than the females:
|Male Green-veined White butterfly nectaring on Herb Robert|
|Male Green-veined White butterfly|
|Female Green-veined White butterfly|
Tachinid flies are parasitic on the caterpillars of larger moths, and are readily identified by their extremely bristly appearance:
|The Tachinid fly Gymnocheta viridis|
The Clouded-bordered Brindle moth is normally found from late May onwards. This is fully a month early, so the heat has brought the overwintering larvae on a bit more quickly than usual.
|Clouded-bordered Brindle moth|
Breaking news: the recent mystery eggs that I showed in Juncus rush appear to belong to a leafhopper, rather than a sawfly. Full details in the next post.