Straw-barred Pearl Pyrausta despicata, Burnham Overy dunes, 12th April
Only 2 other species of lepidoptera were noted - a Peacock butterfly and Brown-tail moth caterpillars. As usual for the time of year the clump of sea buckthorn near Gun Hill was covered in webs and each web was filled with larvae. I counted about 100 larvae in one web, and that seemed quite typical of most of them, but I've no idea how many more were out of sight inside the web. At least 150 webs (in a not very thorough count) and allowing for the possibility that the one I counted was above average I came up with a conservative estimate of 10,000 caterpillars. There were also a few on Hawthorns scattered around the site, but the majority were in the one clump of sea buckthorn.
Brown-tail caterpillars, Burnham Overy dunes, 12th April
This Eristalis pertinax was the first Hoverfly I've recorded this year.
Eristalis pertinax, Burnham Overy dunes, 12th April
Every now and then I try and have a stab at identifying some wildflowers. Tell me if I'm wrong but I think I put the right name to these ones. The first was noticeably smaller than violets I've previously identified as Common Dog Violet and Sweet Violet, but it's the yellow-green spur that I think makes it Heath.
Heath Dog Violet, Burnham Overy dunes, 12th April
There are lots of very low-lying Forget-me-nots in the dunes. They always seem smaller than they should, but I think they're Early.
Early Forget-me-not, Burnham Overy dunes, 12th April
The weekend was rubbish for moths at home: Saturday got just 2 Small Quakers, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Early Grey while Sunday was no better with Small Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character and 3 Early Greys.