I took a trip over to Odiham Common to watch females ovipositing in the company of males and the off Green-veined White. Sadly I had hoped to see some moths but this strange year is not doing what is expected of it and alas I saw none.
Afterwards I went to Beacon Hill SU821495 just outside of Church Crookham in the hope of seeing Green Hairstreak adjacent to a large clump of Bilberry like I did last year and again drew a blank.
Was I disappointed,no not in the slightest as whilst I was looking an insect flew in looking very much like a Grizzled Skipper.When it went down amonst the Bilberry flowers I knew immediately that I was looking at a Beautiful Yellow Underwing moth for the second time ever,the first being at Silchester Common.
Its one of those moths that is either upside down amongst the Bilberry "bells" or moving fast through the vegetation.I managed some records shots which wont win any competition but the thrill had my heart racing the whole time I was there.
Also in attendance was 3 Common Heath moths but were far to active to wait for their photo to be taken.
Although I would normall be moving on to other butterflies by now I certainly can never be unhappy with the Orange-tip male.
In between egg laying or if the sun went in the female Orange-tip just took a breather,but was soon off again when the sun came out.
The Green-veined White was another of the shy butterflies so waiting for the sun to go in is the best option