Insects

Butterflies and moths

The Narroways area supports at least 22 species of butterflies and over 100 moths. The grassland areas are especially rich in species. Check out UK Moths website for illustrations and descriptions.

The marbled white is the classic Narroways butterfly and our logo! Large numbers have occurred in the past in meadow areas of Narroways and Boiling Wells. There were 49 in Church Field in June 2003 and over 50 on Narroways in July 2003. Numbers appear to be declining with no more than ten being seen at one time in the past couple of years.

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Name Latin name Notes
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris Quite common on the hill (RH1995) At Boiling Wells(LB/PQ1994) Small numbers on Narroways. (DB 27.7.2002)
Large Skipper Ochlodes venata Quite common on the hill (RH1995) At Boiling Wells(LB/PQ1994). Small numbers on Narroways. (DB 15.7.2002)
Large White Pieris brassicae Common on Narroways, Boiling Wells, gardens and allotments
Small White Artogeia rapae Common in the area.
Green-veined White Artogeia napi Regarded as common in locality but less than other whites.
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni Often the earliest butterfly. Rare on Narroways(RH1986/89) Reports most years (HMcP 23.3.2003)
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines Another early butterfly occasionaly seen. Rare on Narroways(RH1986/89) (Male on church field HMcP20.5.1991) (2 JW 4.5.2003)
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae Common in the area. 30 on Buddleia in City Farm (HMcP 31.8.1987) Possibly fewer than formerly.
Peacock Inachis io Fairly common – another butterfly to benefit from all the nettles in the allotments area.
Painted Lady Cynthia cardui Only occasional – by Ashley Hill allotment and in garden by Church Field (HMcP 4.9.1996) A migrant – several sightings in 2003 (HMcP 2.8.2003)
Comma Polygonia c-album Not unusual in area – seen at the City farm, on Narroways & Boiling Wells. They also benefit from prevalence of allotment nettles and caterpillars seen on Golden Hop(HMcP 6.9.2003). (DB 18.3.2003)
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta Fairly common. Another nettle feeder. Also seen in Winter-at the new barn steps (HMcP 21.11.1999) and Montpelier (RS 19.1.2003)
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Thrives in the meadow at Narroways. Large numbers (RG1988) Common in cutting & on the hill (RH1995) 8 in cutting (JW 7.8.2003) 6 Simons Grove (JW 6.72002)
Brown Argus Aricia agestis Single individual in cutting on Bird’s Foot Trefoil (HMcP 8.8.2003)
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus Male on ivy in back garden St.Werburghs Park(HMcP 8.7.1990) Female on Ivy in back garden (HMcP 4.8.1996) On Ivy in Stoney Path (DB 2.7.2001) On Ivy in St.Werburghs Park garden (HMcP 12.7.2003)
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeus Occasionally in Narroways cutting(RH1995) 3 on cutting South slope (HMcP11.7.89) Has become scarce – last sighting in cutting (JW 22.6.2001)
Meadow Brown Maniolo jurtina Probably the commonest Narroways butterfly. Large numbers (RG 1988) 53 on Narroways ( HMcP 11.7.89) Over 50 (DB 2.7.2001)
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus Possibly increasing in area, especially in scrub areas. 9 on bramble edges (HMcP 11.7.89) 18 around Narroways (DB/HMcP 27.7.2002) Also in Boiling Wells area(LB/PQ1994)
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus Fairly common in cutting & on the hill (RH1995) No recent sightings.
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus Becoming common in areas of long grass. 2 on long grass (HMcP 12.7.92) 11 in cutting (JW 28.6.2003) Also at Boiling Wells(LB/PQ1994)
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria Common on Stoney Path where several may be seen together in dappled light, also at Boiling Wells(LB/PQ1994) and wherever some tree canopy. 8 (DB 27.7.2002)
Marbled White Melanargia galathea The classic Narroways butterfly and our logo! Large numbers (RG1988) Common in cutting & on the hill(RH1995) Also at Boiling Wells(LB/PQ1994) 11 on Narroways (HMcP 11.7.89), 49 in Church Field (HMcP 28.6.2003) Over 50 on Narroways (DB 2.7.2003)
Humming-bird Hawk Moth Macroglossum stellatarum Three sightings. By City Farm cafe on Valerian (HMcP 20.7.1986) , in back garden of 200 Mina Rd. (19.7.2000), in cutting on Bedstraw (HMcP 12.7.2003)
Elephant Hawk Moth Deilephila elpenor Associated with Willowherb. One reported in Autumn 2000 In cutting (JW 15.7.2002) Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Common Swift Hepialus lupulina Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Peach Blossom Moth Thyatira batis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Riband Wave Sterrha aversata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The Phoenix Eulithis prunata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) Local, on Elder & Wild Angelica
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Green Pug Chloroclystis rectangulata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) Local, associated with scrub.
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Peppered Moth Biston betularia Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) Migrant
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) Migrant
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba Garden of St.Werburghs Park (HMcP 5.7.2003)
Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing Noctua janthe Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Square spot rustic Paradarisa consonaria Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Six-striped rustic Rustic Xestia sexstrigata Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Small square spot Diarsia rubi Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Bright-line brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The Flame Axylia putris Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Flame shoulder Ochropleura plecta Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The cabbage Mamestra brassicae Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Common wainscot Mythimna pallens Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Copper underwing Amphipyra pyramidea Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Old lady Mormo maura Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) local, scrub and woodland
Mouse moth Amphipyra tragopogonis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Angle shades Phlogophora meticulosa Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) Garden on Narroways Rd (CR 2003)
Straw underwing Thalpophila matura Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Lychnis Hadena bicruris Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Poplar grey Acronicta megacephala Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The coronet Craniophora ligustri Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) local, ash and wild privet
Centre-barred sallow Sallow Atethmia centrago Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Marbled beauty Cryphia domestica Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Common rustic Mesapamea secalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Marbled minor Oligia strigilis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Tawny marbled minor Oligia latruncula Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Pale mottled willow Caradrina clavipalpis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Mottled rustic Caradrina morpheus Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The uncertain Hoplodrina alsines Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Silver Y Moth Plusia gamma On Honeysuckle in evening (HMcP 15.9.1991) Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) In cutting (HMcP 8.8.2003) A migrant.
Burnished brass Diachrysia chrysitis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Straw dot Rivula sericealis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The snout Hypena proboscidalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Carcina quercana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Celypha lacunana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)introduction
Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Ptycholomoides aeriferanus Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Acleris latifasciana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Eucosma campoliliana Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Ancylis badiana Caught in moth trap and seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Agriphila tristella Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Crambid Moth Agriphila stranuella On Narroways (RH).
Crambid Moth Agriphila geniculae Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Crambid Moth Crambus lathoniellus Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Scoparia pyralella Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Udea olivalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) migrant
Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003) migrant
Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Sitrocha verticalis On Narroways. Very rare. (RH 1996) Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)scarce, species-rich sparse grassland/wasteland
Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Wax Moth Galleria mellonella Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
The Drinker Euthrix potatoria (larva) seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Latticed Heath Semiothisa clathrata seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Burnet Companion Euclidia glyphica seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Cydia succedana seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
The Lackey Moth Malacosoma neustria On abandoned allotments on Narroways(RH 1996)
Cinnabar Moth Callimorpha jacobaeae Fairly common on Narroways.
Buff Ermine Moth Spilosoma lutea Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Yellow Shell Moth Euphyia bilineata On abandoned allotments on Narroways(RH 1996).
Common Moth Epirrhoe alternata On abandoned allotments on Narroways(RH 1996)
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria Evening indoors in house, St.Werburghs Park(HMcP 6.7.1993)
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth Zygaena lonicerae Common on Narroways.
Six-spot Burnet Moth Zygaena filipendulae 7 on Narroways (DB 27.7.2002) In cutting (JW 8.6.2002)
Mother Shipton Callistege mi seen during day (RH 7.6.2003)
Hebrew Character Ortosia gothica Caught in moth trap (RH 7.6.2003)
Six-belted Clearwing Moth Aegeria On Narroways (RH 1996) Very rare in region.
Marasmarcha lunaedactyla On Narroways (RH 1996)
Chrysoteuchia culmella On Narroways (RH 1996)

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies have been seen on local ponds and grassy areas and include the impressive emperor dragonfly seen, for example, on the pond at Boiling Wells Lane in July 2002. The others seen include southern hawker, migrant hawker, common darter, broad-bodied chaser, common blue damselfly, large red damselfly, blue-tailed damselfly and azure damselfly.

Name Latin name Notes
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator Occasional sightings of this largest dragonfly. (DB 2.7.2001) On pond, Boiling Wells Lane (DB/HMcP 27.7.2002)
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanae Late summer hawker over small ponds. Simons Grove (JW 26.7.2002) and (JW 16.10.2002)
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta Late summer hawker. Not common. Simons Grove (JW 26.8.2002)
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum On pond, Boiling Wells Lane (DB/HMcP 27.7.2002) Simons Grove (JW 13.10.20020
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa Common. 2 in Simons Grove (JW 8.6.2002) 4 in Simons Grove (JW 9.6.2002)
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum Common. Simons Grove (7 – JW 7.6.2002) (6 – JW 8.6.2002)
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Lynmouth Rd. allotment (HMcP 24.7.2002) 3 in Simons Grove (JW 7.6.2002) Briavels Grove garden (GW 15.5.2003)
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans Common. On pond, Boiling Wells Lane (DB/HMcP 27.7.2002) Lynmouth Rd. allotment (HMcP 24.7.2002)
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella On pond, Boiling Wells Lane (DB/HMcP 27.7.2002)

Other Insects

There are many other insect species on Narroways. Some notable ones are the patchwork leaf-cutter bee and rose chafer. There have been regular sightings of these large metallic green insects in allotments and Narroways on cardoon, feverfew, hemp agrimony and hogweed and they seem to be increasing. Eight were seen on flowering rhubarb in May 2006.

There are cockchafers, soldier beetles, harlequin ladybirds (first seen in the area in 2007, but groups of over 50 suggest they are here to stay), pond-skaters (widespread on local ponds with 20 to 30 seen on the Lynmouth Road allotments water butt), water boatmen, churchyard beetles, oak bush-crickets, common field grasshoppers, meadow grasshoppers, dark bush crickets (frequent in bramble patches and hedges with the earliest chirring being observed in July), speckled bush crickets, green shield bugs and hawthorn shieldbugs. Ants can be observed flying en masse on certain days during the summer, predated by gulls and other birds. There are some large ant hills in the grasslands which show the land hasn’t been cultivated for a long time.

Name Latin name Notes
Patchwork Leaf-cutter Bee Megachile centuncularis 4 on Self-build site (JW 12.7.2003)
Ichneumon Fly Amblyteles armatorius Simons Grove (JW 9.6.2003)
Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle Staphylinus olens One seen on Narroways with tail poised. (HMcP 25.9.1988)
Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus On Narroways (JW 8.2000)
Rose Chafer Cetonia aurata Regular sightings on allotments and Narroways on Cardoon, Feverfew, Hemp Agrimony, Hogweed. Seems to be increasing. On Narroways. (JW 7.1998) 2 in allotments (HMcP 12.7.2002) 6 on Narroways (DB 27.7.2002)
Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha In house in St.Werburghs Park (HMcP 25.7.2000)
Soldier Beetle Rhagonycha fulva On Narroways. (JW 8.2000) Many in Simons Grove (JW 13.7.2003)
Seven-spotted Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata Common
Fourteen-spotted Ladybird Propylea 14-punctata Simons Grove (JW 20.7.2003)
Thick-legged Flower Beetle Oedemera nobilis On flowerheads (DB 27.5.2002) On bramble (JW 5.6.2003)
Common Pondskater Gerris lacustris Widespread on local ponds. 20-30 on Lynmouth Rd allotments water butt (HMcP 24.7.2002)
Water Boatman Notonecta glauca In Simons Grove, eating tadpoles in pond (JW 4.3.2003)
Lily Beetle Lilioceris lilii 5 in Simons Grove (JW 4.5.2003)
Churchyard Beetle Blaps mucronata (JW 31.7.2002)
Long-winged conehead Conocephalus discolor nationally scarce but increasing (RH 7.6.2003)
Oak bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum (RH 7.6.2003)
Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus Very common on Narroways.
Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus Very common on Narroways
Dark Bush Cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera Frequent in bramble patches and hedges. Earliest chirring in back garden St.Werburghs Park (HMcP 23.7.2000)
Speckled Bush Cricket Leptophyes punctatissima In Narroways cutting. (RH 1995)
Green Shield Bug Palomena prasina Often seen in local gardens. 2 in Simons Grove (JW 9.6.2003)
Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale (JW 9.9.2003)
Slender groundhopper Tetrix subulata (RH 7.6.2003)
Squashbug Coreus marginatus 58 in Simons Grove (JW 9.6.2003) 28 on Rhubarb in Simons Grove (JW 10.8.2003)

Possible sightings

Name Latin name Notes
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus One possible sighting on Church Field (HMcP 12.7.1992).
Purple Hairstreak Quercusia quercus One unconfirmed sighting by St.Werburghs Park (NR 12.6.2003)
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum One unconfirmed sighting in Simons Grove (JW 10.8.2003)

RH = Rupert Higgins LB = Lisa Best PH = Phil Quinn JW = Jan Walters RG = Ralph Gaines HMcP = Harry McPhillimy NR = Naomi Roberts CR = Christine Rumble DB = Des Bowring RS = Richie Smith GW = Guy Watson

Records updated December 2003

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