Dave Barlow © Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club. 31st January 2018


Entomology in the Cleveland Area

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Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus )

A species that is now spreading north recorded at Redcar in 2008. Recent strong holds for this specie have been around the York area. I am not aware of this specie having been recorded this far north in VC62


Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)

Uncommon, localised resident and wanderer, mainly found in the upland areas. Has been recorded at Boulby cliffs by myself 30-09-06 a very late record. Had good records in August 2008 at Fen bog.


Speckled Wood ( Pararge aegeria)

This species is well documented for its northerly expansion. It can be seen in practically any suitable habitat having three broods a year.


Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)

A species that has gone in to decline over the past years. It is associated with gorse and bilberry, found in the spring, one generation per year.


Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta )

One of the larger species of butterflies seen usually on buddleia. Food plant usually nettles. This specie can have two to three generations a year. Migrants from the continent can increase this species numbers.


Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)

Two generation a year with this species. The food plant seems to be a variety of grasses found on most brown field sites through out the Tees area. A proportion of walls seem to wander giving them the ability to accommodate new areas.


Large Skipper (Ochiodes venata)

One of two skippers to occur in the region the other been small skipper. Both skippers have one generation per year. Both species can over lap in flight period. A diagnostic for large skipper is the hooked antennae; Small skipper has brown /dark tip to antennae.