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Post Info TOPIC: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


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Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


Good day for odonata on the Mosses today.

Irlam Moss: single common blue damselfly, copulating pair of large red damselfly, two four-spotted chaser, single southern hawker.
Little Woolden Moss: Multiple four-spotted chaser and black-tailed skimmer, singles of broad-bodied chaser and emperor.


Butterflies on Irlam Moss: small white, large white, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell.
Little Woolden Moss: small white, large skipper (confirmed, and probably small, too, though they didn't want to sit still), speckled wood, painted lady.

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 10th of June 2018 10:53:38 PM

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Several Green tiger Beetle showing well on the track at Little Woolden moss this pm also a few Orange tips and lots of chasers around the reserve.

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Little Woolden Moss NR :

1 Green Tiger Beetle, 1 Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange Tip and 8 Peacock butterflies.

2 Brown Hawker dragonflies, 1f Common Blue and lots of Large Red damselflies.

2 Clouded Border moths. There are still plenty of St Mark's flies around.

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Astley Moss Wood Mouse and Broad Based Chaser, Red Damsel, Green Viend White, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood 



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Little Woolden Moss
05.05.18 11.00-13.00

Lots of Red Damselflies
Lots of St Marks Flies

Butterflies:
Brimstone
Orange Tip
Peacock

06.05.18 07.30 - 09.30
1 Green Tiger Beetle

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1 female Red Damselfly - Astley Moss SSSI
5 Orange Tip butterflies - 2 Astley Moss , 3 Irlam Moss

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Stoat on Irlam Moss today (first one for a while), and a peacock butterfly on Little Woolden Moss.

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2 small unidentified butterflies seen today - 1 at Little Woolden Moss and 1 at Croxden. Both seemed the same size and flight style and flying about 10 feet high and mostly silhouetted against the sky. Neither landed and flew quite fast. I managed a better glimpse of the one at Croxden through binoculars and it appeared plain light brown reminiscent of Large Skipper - but these aren't active until late May. Any ideas?

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Brimstone on Chat Moss today.

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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My first butterfly of the year today on Irlam Moss, a brimstone.

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A mink on the River Glaze at Great Woolden Hall bridge this afternoon.hmm

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Irlam Moss

A reasonable sized but rather old and tatty Giant Puffball found today.

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Little Woolden Moss 15.00-17.45

Dragonflies : 2 Black Darters and 1 Southern Hawker.

Butterflies: 1 Green Veined White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Speckled Woods.



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Peacock and speckled wood in good evidence on Little Woolden Moss today.

Plenty of black darters (including a couple of couple of copulating pairs), a few common darter (more on the path from Astley Road) and 3 southern hawker for the odonata also here.

More black and common darters on Croxden's.

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Little Woolden Moss 13.00-16.00

Dragonflies : 4 Southern Hawkers on the NR, plus 2 more by Astley Road, and 4 Brown Hawkers.

Lots of Common and Black Darters were along the edge of the moss.

Butterflies : 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 6 Speckled Woods.

A "Volucella Pellucens" hover fly was by the car park, were a Common Sun Beetle scurried across the path.

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Little Woolden Moss 12.30-16.30

With a strong westerly blowing and frequent heavy showers all insect life was seen around the car park and entrance.

1m Southern Hawker and 4 Common Darter dragonflies. 4 Speckled Wood and 1 Small White butterflies.

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Nice variety of insects about on Little Woolden Moss today:

Butterflies, in order of approximate abundance:

Gatekeeper, speckled wood, green-veined / small white, red admiral, small tortoiseshell, small skipper.

Odonata:

1 emerald damselfly (what a beauty)
40+ black darter
1 common darter (presumably the female also zipping about with it was same)
1 brown hawker
1+ southern hawker (also a couple of other un-id'd hawkers)
Probable black-tailed skimmers amongst those zipping over the water, too.

c10 of the fungus gnat Sciara hemerobioides
1 stunning hoverfly, Volucella bombylans plumata; fantastic mimic, it fooled me until I had a proper look.

Stoat scampering into the undergrowth along Astley Road when walking back towards Irlam afterwards.

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A few insects about on Little Woolden Moss:

2 large skipper
1 red admiral
1 silver y
4+ azure damselfly
1 banded demoiselle
1 or 2 four-spotted chaser


-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 25th of June 2017 07:49:07 PM

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Little Woolden Moss 16.00-17.00

8 Large Skipper
1 Red Admiral
1 Large Red Damselfly
1 Emporer Dragonfly
1 Four Spotted Chaser


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Stoat hunting Rabbits by Astley Moss SSSI this afternoon, great to watch with Rabbits scattering everywhere and the Stoat eventually getting to within 8 feet of me, rearing onto its back legs for a few seconds and looking quizzically at me before shooting off again; brilliant!



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Astley Moss mid-afternoon

Large numbers of large red damselfly, smaller numbers of common blue and 1 each of emerald damselfly and banded demoiselle

4 x broad bodied chaser

1 x common skipper

1 x weasel running across Rindle Road



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Several large red damselflies on Little Woolden Moss today.

Brimstone and orange tip there too, and a holly blue (definitely 100% confirmed, this one!) at the end of the track from Astley Road.

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Little Woolden Moss (10.00-13.00)

4 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Orange Tip butterflies. 1 Stoat.

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Irlam Moss and Little Woolden Moss this morning

Butterflies:
1 Orange Tip male
2 Comma
1 Peacock
1 Small White
1 Speckled Wood

1 Large Red Damselfly

1 small weevil sp

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Interesting; thank you, both.

Holly blue would also be a first here, so first blue, one way or the other.

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Had a report from a reliable observer of a Common Blue at Burton Mere Wetlands last Tuesday (11th). I found the Green Hairstreaks at Newchurch Common earlier than this species usual emergence date. So this may be one of the early emergence years for a number of species! ğ

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Shannon Llewellyn wrote:

Hi Andy,

Could well have been; fairly fleeting view (without underwing confirmation), just looked a bit darker than I normally associate with the holly blue. Is late April / early May more likely for the first brood, then? My guide just said 'April'.

Cheers for the info, anyway!


Shannon,

My brother delivered the 2016 Cheshire Butterfly report on Monday, and after my post I just thought I'd check my 'facts'. The earliest ever recorded sighting in Cheshire was 9th April, 2011, so it's not impossible. However, last year it was not seen until 6th May!!!, and since that 2011 sighting, the next earliest was 23rd April in 2015. I once sent a May sighting in to the Greater Manchester recorder, and he said it must have been a 'holly' as it was too early for a common!! Global warming has changed things a little since then.

All the best,

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Hi Andy,

Could well have been; fairly fleeting view (without underwing confirmation), just looked a bit darker than I normally associate with the holly blue. Is late April / early May more likely for the first brood, then? My guide just said 'April'.

Cheers for the info, anyway!

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Shannon Llewellyn wrote:

First orange tips of the year today, with several around Irlam Moss. Also around here and Little Woolden Moss were small tortoiseshell (several), peacock, brimstone, green-veined white and common blue (a first for me here).

Single common lizard on Little Woolden Moss.


 Got to tell you Shannon that common blue is highly unlikely this early in the year. Must have been holly blue for sure.

Cheers,

 Andy Bissitt



-- Edited by Andy Bissitt on Tuesday 11th of April 2017 09:02:49 PM

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First orange tips of the year today, with several around Irlam Moss. Also around here and Little Woolden Moss were small tortoiseshell (several), peacock, brimstone, green-veined white and common blue (a first for me here).

Single common lizard on Little Woolden Moss.

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On a sunny corner of the junction of Cutnook Lane and Twelve Yards Road on Chat Moss around midday today, 4 Commas and a Small Tortoishell were feeding on Pussy Willow tree bloom along with a multitude of various bees, whilst three Brimstones patrolled the edges of the wood.



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Buff-tailed, tree and red-tailed bumblebee queens all seen yesterday on Irlam Moss, along with a few honey bees.

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Little Woolden Moss NR

1 Peacock Butterfly, but no sign of any bumble bees or mating frogs yet.

Coltsfoot in flower,

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15.00-16.45
1 small dragonfly still flying around along the track down LW Moss seen from the car. I assume either Black Darter or Common Darter but couldn't get a clear ID
Spindle Tree noted along Astley Road
A number of interesting fungi but most I couldn't put a name to!

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Croxden 15.45-16.30

1 Short-tailed Vole along track next to Dixon's Wood

Flowers still out included:
Evening Primrose, Herb Robert, Ragwort, Rhododendron, Bramble

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Comma Butterfly, Common Darter, several Black Darters.



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lots of Black and Common Darters and a Southern Hawker

Several Comma, Large and Small Whites, Spechled Woods, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.



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Lots of common and (especially) black darters on Little Woolden Moss on Sunday, and a couple of common hawker; smaller species mating over the water.

Butterfly wise, small white, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell (quite a few), painted lady.

Rabbit on Irlam Moss.

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Painted Lady at Little Woolden Moss this morning, just a few Black Darter seen in the wind



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Irlam Moss - Twelve Yards Rd 21.00

1 Brown Rat
3 Toads
1 Rabbit
1 Dragonfly sp still flying around in the faded light



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Croxden 10.00-11.30

Dragonflies: numerous Black Darter (all males), 1 Brown Hawker, 2 Common Darter
Butterflies: 5 Common Blue, 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Large White
Flowers: numerous Evening Primrose

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Little Woolden Moss 16.30-18.00

5 Common Lizard
2 Toadlets
Lots of Dragonfies - Black Darter, Emperor, Common Hawker, Common Darter
Butterflies - Meadow Brown, Large White, Peacock, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper
An interesting Hoverfly sp. - googled it later - I think it was a Deadhead Hoverfly?
Horseflies !!furious

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Two common lizard on Little Woolden Moss.

Also here, plenty of common and black darter, and several red admiral.

Lots of horseflies on both Irlam and Little Woolden Mosses; although I can't ID them beyond 'horsefly', at least two different species got me today. Did at least give me an opportunity to properly appreciate what stunning looking little animals they are, though.



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Excellent day for butterflies on Irlam and Little Woolden Mosses yesterday, with the following species all spied:

Green-veined white, small white, large white, ringlet, gatekeeper, small copper, comma, small tortoiseshell, peacock, speckled wood and red admiral.

No meadow brown, though, which was just plain bizarre. Very happy to see small copper, as I've only ever had a couple of sightings before, and they're glorious little creatures; small, but perfectly formed.

Black darter, common darter, brown hawker, migrant hawker and a couple of un-ID'd larger hawkers around too; mostly on Irlam Moss, surprisingly, with only black darter seen on little Woolden (lots of them there, though).

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Little Woolden Moss this afternoon

Black Darter
Common Darter
Brown Hawker
Painted Lady
Red Admiral

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Little Woolden Moss

Speckled Wood, Common Darter

Rutpela maculate Longhorn Beetle Photo is one seen last year

 



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Astley Moss Emerald Damsel, Banded demoiselle, Emperor Dragonfly Male

Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood



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Little Woolden Moss NR 15.30-17.00

2 Large Skipper
1 Small Tortoishell

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Little Woolden Moss (10.00-12.00)

1 Brown Hawker, 1 Broad Bodied Chaser dragonflies and 1 Large Red damselfly. 1 Birds Wing moth. 2 groups of "Nemophora Degeerella" micro-moths doing their aerial dance.

1 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies. 2 "Ichneumon Suspiciosus" or similar species.

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Painted Lady off Light Oaks Road/Old Moss Lane today



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