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Thursday, 9 July 2009

9/07/09: Butterflies in Barnehurst, Harlequins in Archway

Best morning for butterflies in my Barnehurst garden so far (numerically, anyway). 1 Speckled Wood, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and at least 2 Green-veined Whites.

1 Aaaron's Rod, 1 Asparagus and a tall, yellow-flowered Melilot species on embankment of St. John's station 'flypast'.

1 Stipa tenuissima (an 'ornamental' non-native grass) in planted island opposite Archway tube station (stood out because the 'grassy' planting here appears to be a kind of rush, and it was the only one of its kind, plus I know this species will self-seed quite well).
Also 1 Wall Lettuce here (frequent around where I lived in Bristol, but not prevalent anywhere I've been in London recently).

6 Harlequin Ladybirds - some red, with various numbers of spots, others predominantly black with a couple of large red blotches - in the 'wild' area around the flats on the east side of the bottom of Archway Rd. Having found this invasive alien further up the same road in the past, the area seems to be a bit of a hot-spot for them.

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