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


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RE: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


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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13.30 Little Woolden Moss

6-8 Dingy Skipper seen along the path. Never seen these before on the mosses!
1 Large Skipper
1 Short-tailed Vole ran across the path just in front of me.

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Miridae Bug Orthops Campestris on Cow Parsley

Longhorn Beetle Agapanthia Villoviridescens=stonker photo from last year

Azure Damsel & Broad Bodied Chaser



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Little Woolden Moss:
1 Small Copper butterfly (2 seen on 17th May)
Croxden: 1 small black and yellow micro-moth later identified as Pammene regiana

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Thursday 19th of May 2016 01:36:01 PM

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50+ large red damselflies on Little Woolden Moss today; my first odonata of the year.

Also about over Irlam / Little Woolden Mosses were peacock, orange tip, small tortoiseshell, speckled wood (my first of the year) and large white butterflies.

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3 Red Damsels on Astley Moss.



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Few inverts knocking about but a search revealed this little critter a Pseudo-scorpion. It's a member of the spider family. Twenty nine species recorded in the UK very difficult to ID. They live in birds nests, in books, in sphagnum, under bark, in leaf litter, etc. Reported to be common if unrecorded due to their elusive nature . Another was found on Chatmoss/little Woolden Moss as seen on their Facebook Page. Looks similar to this but that was found in sphagnum. This was found in leaf litter on Astley Moss. The coin is a 5p.



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Sun Spurge in flower Little Woolden Moss last WE



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Stunning white ermine Stoat hunting grass verge next to road on Irlam Moss this afternoon.

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Late post for Mon 26th Oct

1 Pipistrelle bat on Irlam Moss at 17.10

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10.30-12.30

Little of interest insect wise on the walk from Rindle Road, but the reserve was teeming with wildlife.

Little Woolden Moss

Dragonflies: 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, plus masses of Black and Common Darters, with many of them breeding.

Butterflies : 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock, 1 Green Veined White, plus Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Woods in abundance.

1 Silver Y moth. Also an impressive ichneumon wasp, "Netelia Testaceus", which showed really well as it rested on an Angelica umbellifer.

Plenty of grasshoppers along the edge of the moss too.



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Lots of small tortoiseshell today; also small white and speckled wood in decent numbers.

Common darter, black darter and common hawker on Little Woolden Moss.

Weasel on the path from Astley Road to Little Woolden Moss.

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Walk from Rindle Road, through Rindle Wood, along the edge of the moss and scrapes (18.15-19.45)

1 Southern Hawker, 1 Common Hawker, 2 Snout Moths , 1 White Ermine Moth, 1 Clouded Border Moth & 1 Violet Ground Beetle.

Clegs and mosquitos a real nuisance throughout.

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Loads of dragonfly on Little Woolden Moss:

Black-tailed skimmer
Black darter (by far the most numerous, it seemed)
Common darter
Common hawker
Emperor

Did a few butterfly counts, too; gatekeeper by far the most numerous, but small white, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell and peacock in decent numbers, and a couple of red admiral, too.

Horseflies. Lots and lots of horseflies.

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Astley Moss.
Chrysolina fastuosa Dead Netle Leaf Beetle on Hemp Nettle also flowering. Electric Green, Blue and red. Only seen in GM before by me at Highfield Moss. Also Rutpela maculate a bright yellow black longhorm beetle.

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Twelve Yards Road - Little Woolden Moss - Croxden Peat Pools

Small Tortoiseshell x 15
Red Admiral x 3
Peacock x 7
Gatekeeper x 3
Meadow Brown


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Ian Boote wrote:

try the latin name which allowed me to report it ok





Ian,

I did, but it definitely doesn't compute on the ad hoc reporting system. Anyway, I signed in for the 'full service' and was able to put the report in. What a great little creature it is, and a fine addition to our local biodiversity.

Andy

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Irlam moss:

Brown hawker and a common shrew.

Little Woolden moss:

Common blue damselfly, large red damselfly, plenty of speckled wood, and quite a few peacock and small tortoiseshell.

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RE: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses [other wildlife]


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Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens more of this longhorn beetle with two seen




Saw a couple of these myself during the week locally (Romiley). I tried to add the sighting on RODIS (ad-hoc) but because the species is not in their data bank, I couldn't. Is there a way round this?

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Few bits
Moth-Gold Swift Phymatopus hecta feeds on Bracken.
Common Sexton Beetle - Nicrophorus vespilloides Red banded beetle
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens more of this longhorn beetle with two seen
and Luperus longicornis (a Leaf Beetle)

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little woolden moss

Bugs Spear Thistle Lacebug - Tingis cardui seen as common but under recorded. red legged shield bug instar
Butterflies Small Copper Common Blue, Small T.Shell, large Skipper,
Moths Yellow-barred Long-horn , cinnabar moth,
Four Spotted Chaser, Red Damsel Azure Damsel,

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Two visits produced

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens, Azure Damsel, Common Blue Damsel, Blue Tailed Damsel
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens (Prev seen by LWT staff) Common Malachite Beetle - Malachius bipustulatus
Dolycoris baccarum Hairy Shieldbug

Today on the LWT/GMRC event with among a lot of other stuff on a very enjoyable few hours Black Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus humator with gamasid mites hitching a ride
Highfield Moss recovering from recent fires lots of Lousewort in flower and Heath Bedstraw

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Walk round Liitle Woolden and Chat Moss
Bit of a weevil fest with Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceus, Phyllobius roboretanus, Rhinoncus pericarpius on dock, Temnocerus nanus on birch, tachyerges stigma on Salix which took a bit to ID, Common Leaf Weevil - Phyllobius pyri on oak, Polydrusus pterygomalis on Hawthorn, and Dorytomus tortrix with confirmed ID on willow.
Leaf Beetle Hydrothassa marginella on Buttercup
Ground Bug Scolopostethus thomsoni, Plant Bug Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus Black and Yellow predator
Plants what looks like Broad Leaved Spurge, white Campion, and Wild Hop several plants scattered in hedges poss a former crop

also alder leaf beetle seems to be branching out with limited success compared to when you see it on alder as seen munching, or trying to, on willow, nettle, buttercup, birch and oak.

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lots and lots of invertebrates but best of were Common Groundhopper-not often recorded but almost certainly overlooked, Ampedus balteatus Click beetle with a two third bright red electra, Longhorn Beetle Rhagium mordax fierce looking big things that is in reality a veggie, and a bright red weevil Attelabus nitens which is a leaf rolling weevil. It lays a single egg and rolls is up in a leaf to protect it. appears to be quite rare in GMC again probably overlooked and possibly at the edge of its range in the northwest according to NBN.

En route to Little Woolden I noticed a huge Rhubarb plant growing wild in a Hedge, and then another and then three more on the Horizon. An Advisory Plan originally published in 1947 by Rowland Nicholas and J. Hellier reported that at that time Celery Lettuce and Rhubarb were chief in the area.

-- Edited by Ian Boote on Monday 18th of May 2015 02:53:11 PM

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Lochmaea caprea Willow Leaf Beetle, Kleidocerys resedae Birch Catkin Bug, alder leaf beetle , longhorn beetle Tetrops praeustus, Birch Leaf Roller Weevil - Deporaus betulae, Willow Flea Beetle - Crepidodera aurata Hover Fly Platycheirus rosarum, Orange Tipped Butterfly, Broad Based Chaser, Blue Tailed Damsel Red Damsel and more to ID

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08.00-10.30


3 Peacock & 5 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen, mainly around Astley Moss Scrapes.

1 dragonfly here too, unsure of the species, but not a Four Spotted Chaser, as the wings were unmarked, it also had a thin brown body, looked a smallish hawker?.

Lots of St. Marks Flies around.

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Four Spotted Chaser male with much reduced inner wing spots

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Alder Leaf Beetle, Hair Tail Cotton Grass , wild pansy (Viola Tricolor) last two in flower on Astley Moss SSSI

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Hi Tim, it's likely to have been a Large Red Damselfly, an early emerging species





thanks Dave. Looking in my dragonflies book and reading the entry that is indeed what it was - almost bang on the average emergence date. The thorax was black with an iridescent sheen and the wings had a shimmering newly unfurled quality. I read they hugely increase their weight during their brief lives - males by 14% and females by 66%. Acid soils and ditches are favoured so I imagine they are common on the moss and the SSSI

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Hi Tim, it's likely to have been a Large Red Damselfly, an early emerging species

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Tony Darby and I had a very small orange-abdomened Dragonfly today in the line of wood off the feeding track off Rindle Road this afternoon. It was possibly a Common Darter but seemed smaller. Incredibly early either way

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A Stoat ran along half the length of the Rindle feeding station track before disappearing into f69.

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Creeping Corydalis in Flower Other things Scarlet Elf Cap, Zebra Spider, Saldula saltatoria Common Shore Bug, crab spider Xysticus cristatus, and two basking Common Lizards Lacerta vivipara.

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Male Ruddy Darter on the steel gate from twelve yards to croxdens a first for me

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Besides the Clouded Yellows mentioned in the bird thread
Loads of Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, 2 Small Copper, Large White, Black Darters, Emerald Damsels, and a small patch of wild Pansy, Viola tricolor on waste land

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A minimum of 4 Clouded Yellows (both males and females from photos of upper wing)
62 Common Blues
2 Peacocks
1 Red Admiral
1 Small Copper
3 Small Tortoiseshells
2 Small Whites
2 Meadow Browns

Loads of Black Darters, 2 Four-spot Chasers and 3 Toads

Cheers John

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Male Banded Demoiselle on the old carrot field on Astley Moss SSSI this afternoon.

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four spotted chaser resting in the grass near the entrance to the sssi

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Good views of two hunting Stoats this afternoon along the Rindle road feeding track. Also seen on various parts of the mosses was another Stoat, Grey squirrel, plenty of Rabbits, 2 Toads , Common Frog.

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Along the Southern edge of Astley Moss

1 Engrailed Moth and Silver Ground Carpet Moths in profusion.

Several Common Blue Damselflies also here, but the frequent showers meant they stayed clung to the vegetation.

1 Four Spotted Chaser, appearing newly emerged by the scrapes.

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10.30-13.00

1 Stoat on the former feeding track.

1 dead Common Shrew on the path by the mossland info board.

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Chat moss today

3 Stoats seen along various parts of 12 Yards road.
2 Grey squirels
Rabbit
Shrew species
At least 10 small Toads and one large adult

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A Stoat was hunting along the feeding track at Rindle road this afternoon

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A stoat ran within 2m of where I was supping hot Ribena on the edge of the SSSI this am. Also some very cute baby rabbits feeding on edge of field 67. Fortunately for them they were a good way away from the stoat........

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Good numbers of Broad-bodied Chasers, Four-spotted Chasers and Large Red Damselflies at Astley Moss, along the edge of Rindle Wood and the SSSI this morning.
All that was missing was a Hobby to come along and chase them.

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Astley moss this evening

Water vole
3 Pipistrelle bats

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A couple of Black Rabbits were beside Rindle road yesterday evening, they were very alert as they watched the hedge next to the road.

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