Wednesday 22 June 2022

Kentish Nature Walks #39 - Crabbles Bottom Orchard 22th June 2022

A short pre lunch walk today at Crabbles Bottom Orchard was far quieter than I would have anticipated given the warm conditions and sunshine but there were still rewards with a carpet of short Oxeye Daisies across the small meadows dotted with the pink triangles of Pyramidal Orchids and occasional dashes of pink Centuary, purple Marjoram buds and blue Bugloss.  The Wild Strawberries may have been tiny but they were scrumptious.

Oxeye Daisies


Pyramidal Orchids 

Viper's Bugloss

Soooo good

Labyrinth Spiders were everywhere!

I only saw one Seven Spot Ladybird

The smell of the Privet was intoxicating

Autumn's bounty on the way

The Brambles were fairly slow although I did find single Volucella bombylans and Volucella zonata and both Xylota but other than lots of Syprhus it was fairly poor.  The first Bombus vestalis were out and I caught four micro moths to try and take pictures of later before release while the only big moth was a smart Pebble Hook Tip that I failed to take a single picture of!

Volucella zonata

Myathropa florea

Cheilosia variabilis - the only Cheiolosia I saw

Melanostoma scalare

Bombus vestalis

Large Whites and Meadow Browns were the commonest butterflies with the odd Marbled White, Ringlet and Small Tort seen.

Marbled White

Marbled White

Small Tortoiseshell

There were a few Azure Damsels amongst the flowers and two teneral Blue Eyed Hawkers were avidly hunting and I saw my first Ruddy Darter of the season. A Buzzard flew very low for a change.


I dawdled around finding leaf mines on the Birches which Antony and Andy have as ever kindly helped me with. Not every mine you find is a Moth and once again I had discovered a Sawfly mine too.

Gracillaria syringella moth mine on Privet

Eriocrania sparrmannella moth mine on Birch

Eriocrania sparrmannella moth mine on Birch

Fenusa pumila sawfly mine on Birch

Fenusa pumila sawfly mine on Birch

I found a couple of delicate Small Yellow-legged Robberflies hunting in the shade and Pollenia were sunning themselves on many leaves but I was unusually not feeling the love today and headed for home.  There is always tomorrow.

Small Yellow-legged Robberfly - Dioctria linearis 



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