Insects at South Hinksey and Chilswell Valley

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Today looked promising for combining a mid-June churchyard butterfy survey at  South Hinksey  with a walk up Chilswell Valley, and so it was. Whereas I saw very few wild flowers in floer and hardly any butterflies in the heat a few weeks ago, today there were plenty of both. The wild flower area of the churchyard was a particular joy to see with dozens of Meadow Brown and Ringlet butterflies as well as a few Skippers, Large and Small, Holly Blue and Small Tortoiseshell.

In Chilswell Valley, Greater Knapweed was favoured by good numbers of Marbled White butterflies and also attracted metallic green/blue longhorn Musk Beetles.

from Adrian Allsop: 15 June 2020