Monday, 24 June 2019

Our First Butterfly' Sightings in the London Borough of Bexley: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Our First Sightings are Identified for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 viz.

Brimstone: 7 April 2015 ~ 17 March 2016 ~ 11 March 2017 ~ 26 March 2018 ~ 23 February 2019

Brown Argus: 4 June 2015 ~ 24 May 2016 ~ 10 May 2017 ~ 18 May 2018 ~ 16 May 2019

Clouded Yellow: 18 July 2015 ~ 17 August 2016 ~ 31 July 2017 ~ not seen during 2018

Comma: 9 April 2015 ~ 17 March 2016 ~ 11 March 2017 ~ 14 March 2018 ~ 25 February 2019

Common Blue: 11 May 2015 ~ 22 May 2016 ~ 2 May 2017 ~ 22 May 2018 ~ 16 May 2019

Essex Skipper: 25 June 2015 ~ 25 June 2016 ~ 16 June 2017 ~ 29 June 2018 ~ 20 June 2019

Gatekeeper: 3 July 2015 ~ 6 July 2016 ~ 30 June 2017 ~ 29 June 2018

Green Hairstreak: 28 April 2015 ~ 3 May 2016 ~ 6 April 2017 ~ 19 April 2018 ~ 19 April 2019

Green-Veined White: 30 March 2015 ~ 2 April 2016 ~ 27 March 2017 ~ 14 April 2018 ~ 28 March 2019

Holly Blue: 22 April 2015 ~ 4 May 2016 ~ 8 April 2017 ~ 22 April 2018 ~ 14 April 2019

Large Skipper: 5 June 2015 ~ 8 June 2016 ~ 1 June 2017 ~ 2 June 2018 ~ 2 June 2019

Large White: 1 May 201530 April 2016 ~ 10 July 2017 ~ 4 April 2018 ~ 1 June 2019

Long-Tailed Blue: not seen during 2015 ~ not seen during 2016 ~ not seen during 2017 ~ 29 October 2018

Marbled White: 24 June 2015 ~ 17 July 2016 ~ 16 June 2017 ~ 20 June 2018 ~ 22 June 2019

Meadow Brown: 18 June 2015 ~ 18 June 2016 ~ 7 June 2017 ~ 8 June 2018 ~ 1 June 2019

Orange-Tip: 7 April 2015 ~ 12 April 2016 ~ 28 March 2017 ~ 14 April 2018 ~ 28 March 2019

Painted Lady: 7 June 2015 ~ 5 June 2016 ~ 20 May 2017 ~ 15 June 2018 ~ 24 June 2019

Peacock: 30 March 2015 ~ 30 March 2016 ~ 9 March 2017 ~ 21 March 2018 ~ 25 February 2019:

Purple Hairstreak: 5 August 2015 ~ 18 July 2016 ~ not seen during 2017 ~ not seen during 2018

Red Admiral: 7 March 2015 ~ 28 March 2016 ~ 28 February 2017 ~ 19 May 2018 ~ 19 February 2019

Ringlet: 25 June 2015 ~ 24 June 2016 ~ 14 June 2017 ~ 20 June 2018 ~ 22 June 2019

Silver-Washed Fritillary: not seen during 2015 ~ 23 July 2016 ~ not seen during 2017 ~ not seen during 2018

Small Copper: 4 May 2015 ~ 4 June 2016 ~ 10 May 2017 ~ 20 May 2018 ~ 21 April 2019

Small Heath: not seen during 2015 ~ 26 May 2016 ~ 20 May 2017 ~ 20 May 2018 ~ 16 May 2019

Small Skipper: 16 June 2015 ~ 24 June 2016 ~ 10 June 2017 ~ 15 June 2018 ~ 20 June 2019

Small Tortoiseshell: 7 March 2015 ~ 28 January 2016 ~ 11 March 2017 ~ 22 March 2018 ~ 22 February 2019

Small White: 7 April 2015 ~ 25 March 2016 ~ 11 March 2017 ~ 5 April 2018 ~ 28 March 2019

Speckled Wood: 9 April 2015 ~ 6 March 2016 ~ 28 March 2017 ~ 19 April 2018 ~ 28 March 2019

White Admiral: not seen during 2015 ~ 21 July 2016 ~ 24 June 2017 ~ 23 June 2018

White Letter Hairstreak: 22 July 2015 ~ not seen during 2016 ~ not seen during 2017 ~ not seen during 2018

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A Wool Carder Bee in the Garden (at Home)

17 June 2019: they are very distinctive viz.


We had no idea what he/she was: initially thinking Hoverfly but then moving on to a possible Bee or even Wasp. We shall be looking out for these in the future: not knowingly having seen them before.

Update 18 June 2019: at least three more in the Garden (at Home), including this one…


An assumed Sawfly in the Garden (at Home)

We have been seeing assumed Sawflies viz.


for some time now. Whether the same or different ones, we have of course, no way of knowing.

Mint Moths in the Garden (at Home)

Lots around in the Garden at the moment viz.




Sunday, 9 June 2019

To Minsmere with the local RSPB' Group


A visit mired in nostalgia: for times gone but not forgotten.

Annoyingly: we didn't spend enough time in preparation. Although the main focus was to have been Birds we should have paid more attention to the Plants we might have expected to find, particularly on or beside the Sand Dunes.

But we did find some (on the Sand Dunes and elsewhere) including:









Bird' Species seen included:

Avocet
Bar-Headed Goose
Barnacle Goose
Black-Tailed Godwit
Common Tern
Dartford Warbler
Greylag Goose
Kittiwake
Linnet
Little Tern
Mediterranean Gull
Oystercatcher
Sand Martin
Sandwich Tern
Stonechat
and Swallow










Thursday, 6 June 2019

Some Hoverflies in the Garden (at Home)

There were quite a few Hoverflies out and about including these Guys: