Friday 10th June 2011 - Shenstone

I only had time for a quick insect walk at the patch today, so with TS in tow it was off to Butts Lane first.
On first inspection things were fairly quiet with not many butterflies on the wing but by the time we completed our walk we had recorded 2 Meadow Browns, 4 Large Skippers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 ♀ Common Blue and 2 Small Whites.  The only day-flying moths of note were 2 Cinnabar Moths.

A ♀ Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly was seen along Butts Lane, as were 4 Blue-tailed Damselflies (including one ♀ of the form rufescens).  Also of inerest was a Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) and a Scorpian Fly (Panorpa communis) that was seen feeding on the remains of a Garden Chafer.

From Butts lane we popped to Heath Lane where a number of 2-Spot Ladybirds and Harlequin Ladybirds were seen.  There were also good numbers of 7-Spot Ladybird Larvae present.  An Orange Tip butterfly larvae was also seen.

Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Scorpian Fly (Panorpa communis)

Garden Chafer

Blue-tailed Damselfly (♂)

Blue-tailed Damselfly - ♀ form rufescens

7-spot Ladybird Larvae

Meadow Brown (♂)

And arty shot of a 
♀ Common Blue taking flight


  1. That Common Blue shot does make a change from the norm, Jason. And i for one like it.

  2. Yes, I like your arty shot too.

    I saw a Harlequin Ladybird larvae the other day. I didn't know what it was until I saw one on a blog. Oddly, I have never seen a Harlequin Ladybird in this area, some would say that was a good thing of course.

    I haven't seen any Meadow Browns yet this year, nice photo.

  3. Thanks Dean and Shy...I was pleased with the Common Blue shot although it wasnt intentional at the time.

    The spread of the Harlequin Ladybird is quite rapid here but the 2-spots and 7-spots are holding there own too hopefully it is nowt to worry about.