Dingy Skipper (Westcott disused railway, May 2007)
Grizzled Skipper (Westcott disused railway, May 2007)
Small Skipper (disused railway near Mursley, July 2009)
Green-veined White (Finemere Wood, July 2013)
Purple Hairstreak (Bernwood Forest, July 2011 & Finemere Wood, July 2013)
Black Hairstreak (Finemere Wood, June 2010)
Red Admiral (Westcott garden, September 2008)
Marbled White (Ivinghoe, July 2013)
Speckled Wood (Westcott garden, September 2009)
Meadow Brown (Finemere Wood, July 2013 & Bradenham, July 2013)
Ringlet (five occasions, the most recent being Homefield Wood, August 2013)
Small Heath (Ivinghoe, July 2013)
It is interesting how different species react to light in different ways. The above all entered the trap, while in 2013 and 2014 I can recall finding roosting Wood Whites, Chalk-hill Blues & Common Blues right next to light traps yet they just sat out the experience on their grass stems and didn't seem to be too disturbed at all.
We don't normally consider butterflies as being creatures of the night but migratory species such as Red Admiral and Painted Lady certainly do fly nocturnally. My Red Admiral in September 2008 could quite easily have been on its way south.
|Brown Hairstreak, Merton 25th July|
photo taken by Linda Murphy