With cloudy conditions here in North East of Hampshire yesterday I decided to look for moths,with micro moths being the obvious choice.
At Odiham Common I met up with some of my previous encounters and the female Orange-tip was to be first as she opened her wings as the clouds lightened.
The ground on the common is saturated following the April & May deluge so there were not too many moths about but I found this little beauty or should I say it found me as it landed on my trousers.
As yet unidentified I thought it was a beauty in the tall grasses.
UPDATE:-Many thanks to Tim Norriss of Hampshire Butterfly Conservation for the moth identification.
I found four of these flashy looking micros in their white coats and one in particular caught my eye as he/she looked like they were supporting some warm overcoat which wasnt such a bad idea in the dull conditions.
I assume the moth in the two photos are the same but have yet to identify them at time of writing this post.
UPDATE:-Another thanks to Tim.
I then moved to the vast swathes of heathland at the junction of the B3013 at Beacon Hill just outside of Church Crookham and the A3016 Odiham Road where I found hundreds if not thousands of the Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana
The moths were seen swarming around both Gorse and Broom.
During this spell as expected I found a Green Hairstreak on the Bilberry shown on its species page,taken last year.
A Small Heath was seen as well as this beautiful Two-banded Longhorn Beetle-Rhagium bifasciatum
The gold markings really stood out in this short sunny spell