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A morning walk in dull weathe4r on Newchurch Common surprisingly brought a couple of interesting insect sightings.

My second ever Purple Hairstreak butterfly was in an oak next to the ex-set-aside field and a Hornet was on Abbot's Moss, only the second this year, not rare here but always nice to see. Other butterflies included Common Blue, Speckled Wood, and Small & Green-veined Whites. Damselflies seen were Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed. A Silver-Y moth was on Abbot's Moss. A Common Toad toadlet was seen too.



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Hodder Valley, Forest of Bowland

3m+2f Common Hawker dragonflies around a moorland pool.

2 Red Admiral and 3 Small Heath butterflies,

Lots of Common Heath, a couple of Northern Spinach and 1 Common Wainscot moths.



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Rixton Clay Pits NR : Dragonflies - 1 Black Tailed Skimmer and 4 Common Darters.

Butterflies- 3 Common Blue, 4 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown and 5 Large White.

Several of the smaller pools that are favoured by dragonflies have dried up completely.

Prospect Lane And Woodend Lane : 1 Brown Hawker dragonfly (By the fishing pools).

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Another afternoon walk in the sweltering sunshine at Newchurch Common. Another new dragonfly for the year here, this time Migrant Hawker. The male Ruddy Darter was in the same area as yesterday and at least 4 Brown Hawkers were seen. A Red Admiral, a Small Copper and a Holly Blue were seen, as well as at least 16 Common Blues, including 3+ egglaying females. Otherwise a similar mix of odonata and lepidoptera as yesterday.



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Three hours at Burton Mere RSPB Reserve today, mainly on the lookout for butterflies. Up to half a dozen Wall were seen in front of the Inner Marsh Farm Hide but were frustratingly active, constantly on the move and only posing momentarily with closed wings. Also around were Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue and Red Admiral.

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An afternoon walk in sweltering heat on Newchurch Common was the correct decision, rewarding me with two species new for patch, both expected but nonetheless great to add. The first of these was a male Ruddy Darter dragonfly near Big Pool which was pristine and possibly quite newly emerged. I managed to stalk it and get several shots with my phone (one attached). As I left the site in oaks near to the entrance the telltale sight of a small, fast flying, lilac-looking (in flight in the sun, anyway!) butterfly towards the top of an oak tree was spotted, undoubtably a Purple Hairstreak, but this time no piccy!

Other than this odonata were scarce, just Red-eyed and Common Blue Damselflies being seen. Butterflies were more numerous, but predictable, Holly Blue the best with others seen being Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small & Green-veined Whites and Speckled Wood. Meadow Grasshopper was also seen.



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Chelford (Former sand quarry pools NE of the roundabout on the A537)

Butterflies : 1 Common Blue, 7 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Meadow Browns, 8 Gatekeepers, 3 Large White

and 1 Small White.

Odonata : 1 Southern Hawker, plus numerous Brown Hawkers, Common Darters and Common Blue Damselflies.

Also 1 Common Frog.

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Another fantastic sighting close to home, this time less than a mile away. Thanks to John Rayner for the one-up on it too. The second ever site in Cheshire for Small Red-eyed Damsefly has been found along the Vale Royal Cut of the River Weaver, near our village of Moulton. I managed sightings of the odd one a couple of days ago, then yesterday too, but it took until today to get a digiscoped picture!! Scope definitely required for the subtle ID features of this species compared to the Large Red-eyed Damsels that are much more common at this location. Picture of Small Red-eyed Damselfly attached.



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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach ( Mid-Afternoon)

Only butterflies seen apart from a few Small Whites were a couple of Speckled Woods.

A large hairy caterpillar resembling that of a Fox Moth was found near Brook Farm.

The body of a large Pike was lying in very shallow water at the SE corner of the flash.

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After a tip off I headed down less than 3 miles from home this morning to the Shropshire Union Canal between Middlewich and Winsford to see an incredible sight. The hot weather has causeda population boom of Freshwater Jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii). These are an invasive species but seem to do no harm to native plants or animals. They can lay dormant for years and then 'emerge' in hot weather, which I think we qualify as right now biggrin Hopefully a piccy attached, they were hard to photograph but easier to video (have posted a video on Facebook).



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Handforth Dean fields in Cheshire is a place I have not visited for about 20 years, but I remembered it as a site where I last saw a ruddy darter anywhere! The area had really 'grown up' in terms of trees, and the shallow ponds seemed to have become overgrown (not surprisingly!), but just as I was out of time, I managed to bump into this little stunner. Surely a candidate for our most eye-catching dragonfly. Also saw 9 brown hawkers, 3 emperors and 1 common darter (imm. male). Mentioning the trees, many are maturing oaks, so not surprisingly I saw 3 certain purple hairstreaks (at eye level), and 2 probables. I would imagine the area holds hundreds. 3 small coppers were the next best find. Oh, and it was hot.  wink

 



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22/07/2018 Blacktoft Sands (post delayed due to minor op)

Good number of Comma butterflies, along with Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large White, Small White. Also Common and Brown Hawkers, Common Blue Damselfly and a Weasel between the car park and reception.

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Neumanns Flash 18:00-20.30

Butterflies: 2 Common Blue, 2 Gatekeepers and 1 Speckled Wood

Dragonflies : 3 Brown Hawkers. 1 Fox sunbathing at the Haydn Pool.

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Sunny & hot on Newchurch Common. Ten species of butterfly again, the only new ones were a Comma and a Red Admiral. Two Holly Blues and two Common Blues also of note. No new odonata. A Tachina fera was seen, a large fly that parasitises lepidoptera.



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On Newchurch Common, Cheshire today, in the sun again.

11 species of Butterfly, Painted Lady (again), Holly Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White and Small Copper. A new dragonfly for the year here on the mosses, Black Darter, also lots of Brown Hawkers, a Downy Emerald still, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly. Also today a Common Shrew again.



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Butterflies around Marshside today: common blue, small white, gatekeeper, meadow brown, wall (pleasingly; the first I've seen outside Anglesey for years), peacock, red admiral.

Lots of six-spot burnets too, especially the scrubby areas behind the Marine Lake; loads of them here.

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Neumanns Flash 10.00-1400

7 Gatekeepers along the SE corner of the flash were the only butterflies seen throughout.

No dragonflies were seen, which is worrying, but on the plus side no clegs were encountered throughout either.

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Had just an hour on Newchurch Common this morning, more for inverts than birds. Best find was a Common Darter dragonfly, my first for 2018 on patch. Also a Common Blue Damselfly predictably. A better tally was achieved in butterflies with Painted Lady, Peacock, Common Blue, Large, Small & Green-veined Whites, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper all seen.



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Neumanns Flash ( Early Evening)

1 Broad Bodied Chaser (M) and 2 Brown Hawker dragonflies.

No butterflies were seen and just 1 moth, a Beautiful Golden Y.

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Walking through Otley (Yorks)last Tuesday,surprised to see a juvenile
Hedgehog walking along the pavement.

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A very brief walk on Newchurch Common Patch today. Highlight was a Hornet, on Shemmy Moss, my first there this year. Also seen a Common Shrew on the mosslands. Butterflies seen were Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Large White and Small White. Odonata were Brown Hawker, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly.



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Silverdale and Arnside area butterflies:

Myers Allotment:
Ringlet
Comma
Small Skipper

Arnside Knott:
Dark Green Fritillary
Northern Brown Argus
Grayling
Brimstone
Painted Lady
Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Large White
Small White
Peacock
Holly Blue
Ringlet
Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood
Comma
Gatekeeper

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Hilbre Island 08.30-15.00

4 Grayling and 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were on top of the cliffs, as were a couple of 6 Spot Burnet Moths.

There was a steady procession of white butterflies passing the lifeboat station, all were heading South.

On the heathland area Green Veined White butterflies were abundant, but there were a few Large Whites amongst them too.



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Quick walk down a section of the Whitegate Way to Shemmy Moss, then back to the cafe. Warm and sunny.

Butterflies:- Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Holly Blue.

Odonata:- Common Darter, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly.

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hummingbird hawkmoth on buddleia at Bents garden centre today.



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The sunshine was back in the Highlands again yesterday so we concentrated on insects again. The moth trap yielded our first Hawkmoth, Poplar, as well as Lesser Swallow Prominent and the usual suspects. Later we revisited a site from day one where we found Scotch Argus butterflies just emerging, with 3 flying so far. Some fresh Northern Brown Argus were about as well as Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. Shaded Broad-bar was a new trip moth.



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Highlands of Scotland again and the moth trap provided three new garden species, Barred Red, Gold Swift and Lesser Swallow Prominent. Then over to Aberdeenshire where a Yellow Shell moth was seen and over 20 Dark Green Fritillaries. Also here, at the Ythan Estuary were the usual Grey and Common Seals.

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Neumanns Flash (Early evening)

Th only butterfly seen was a single Gatekeeper, whilst 2 Black Tailed Skimmers by Pods Hide were the only dragonflies.

The vegetation along the causeway on the South side of Neumanns is looking dreadful, the leaves on willows, rowans,

hawthorns and Guilder are crispy and dead. Many shrubs bordering the path around Neumanns are dying too.

Large areas of nettles are also fading fast, which is bad news for butterflies. It may be a result of the toxic soil

plus the long hot dry spell, whatever the overall cause, it is worrying.

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In the Scottish Highlands still. Started with the moth trap and nice Scarce Silver-Y amongst the usual haul here. The on to Spey Bay. Small Copper, Common Blue, Meadow Brown and 6-Spot Burnet seen.

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Wildlife from my Somerset holiday:
Mammals:
Grey Squirrel
Rabbit
American Mink
Red Deer
Wild Pony (Exmoor & Quantock)
Roe Deer
Amphibians & Reptiles:
Smooth Newt
Common Frog
Toad
Butterflies:
Small White
Large White
Grizzled Skipper
Speckled Wood
Painted Lady
Meadow Brown
Red Admiral
Green Veined White
Green Hairstreak
Dingy skipper
Silver Washed Fritillery
Small Heath
Wood White
Heath Fritillery
Purple Hairstreak
Gatekeeper
Small Tortoiseshell
Small copper
Ringlet
Gatekeeper
Moths
Silver Ground Carpet
rosy footman
Magpie moth
Dragonflies etc:
Brown hawker
Golden Ringed dragonfly
Broad bodied Chaser
Blue tailedDamselfly
Common blue Damselfly
Azure Damselfly

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A trip to the west coast of the Scottish Highlands too but little to report due to heavy rain!! Seawatching produced a few Common Dolphins and two Common Seals.

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Still up in the Highlands of Scotland and a fabulous day seeing the main target species of the whole holiday - Brilliant Emerald dragonfly. We caught up with this gorgeous beastie at Loch Bran where we also saw Highland Darter, Black Darter, Golden-ringed, Common Hawker, 4-Spot Chaser, Emerald Damsel, Common Blue Damsel, Large Red Damsel and Blue-tailed Damsel. Also here was the Scottish form of Speckled Wood, larger and darker than the English form.

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Another day up in the Highlands of Scotland and duller but still with sunny intervals. We started with the moth trap in the garden and had a bumper catch. Some of the moths were Scarce Silver-Y, Beautiful Golden-Y, Burnished Brass, Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Ghost Swift, Green Arches, Dark Spectacle, Grey Pine Carpet and Bright-eye Brown-line. Also in there was a Sexton Beetle. Also in the garden new butterflies for the trip - Large White and Meadow Brown. Next we revisited White-faced Darter, Black Darter and Northern Damselflies at local sites. We popped into Loch Garten & had a very cute baby Red Squirrel! Also here were Common Lizard and Common Toad. Finally on to Uath Lochans where we recorded Northern Emerald Dragonfly, Barred Red moth, Bordered White moth and Golden-ringed Dragonfly. There was a Common Frog here too. Also here I found a lifer ladybird in the shape of Striped Ladybird, a pinewood specialist.

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Langsett Reservoir & Moor S.Yorks. 10.00-14.30

Still quite a few Common Heath moths fluttering across the heather, also 1 Pebble Hooktip was alongside a small brook..

No dragonflies or damselflies were seen throughout, but plenty of butterflies were on the moor, mainly Small Heaths.

Ringlets were plentiful around the scrub and bramble patches, as were Meadow Browns.

Numerous Green Veined White butterflies flew across the moor, and 3 Small Tortoiseshells were around the high moor too.

2 Comma and 1 Small Skipper butterflies were in the woodland.

A Meadow Grasshopper landed on my rucksack, and an Oak Egger moth caterpillar was found on the heather.





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Another day in the Scottish Highlands & more good inverts! First Northern Damselfly and Black Darter near Loch Garten, one of the latter being taken by a Raft Spider. In the Findhorn Valley we saw two magnificent Red Deer stags, lots of Dark Green Fritillaries and Fragrant Orchids. Then whilst having seconds of White-faced Darters near Loch Garten we saw Yellow Shell and True Lovers Knot moths. Finally in Abernethy Forest we ended the day with the delicate Twinflower.

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My first full day up in the Scottish Highlands. First stop was Station Road, Carrbridge where we saw Green Tiger Beetle and Clubmoss. Next onto Moorland north of here and highlights were Oak Eggar Moth, Antler Moth, Salmon leaping and amazingly our first Speckled Woods of the trip.

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First afternoon of a mainly insect watching trip to the Highlands of Scotland and the sun helped us out! Butterflies recorded were Northern Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Ringlet, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Small Heath. All near the Old Spey Bridge, Grantown. Also here lots of Chimney Sweeper Moths. Near Loch Garten we had White-faced Darter, Common Hawker, Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Black Darter and 4-Spot Chaser as well as Large Red & Emerald Damselflies. The bad news was lots of cleg horseflies, and I ended up with 3 bad bites.

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Fenn's & Whixall Mosses yesterday:

Most of the odonata you'd expect, with white-faced darters still hanging on (six certainly seen, including 4 males and a pair in 'cop'). Emerald damsel and emperor were the only additions to what Mark saw a few days back. The only other insect of note was Large Heath, with three certains seen and two fly-bys which were probables. Little else stirred in the insect world and the place is crying out for rain - none soon and you'd think permanent damage might be done.


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My first trip to Newchurch Common for over a week saw me add several species of lepidoptera and odonata to my 2018 patch list.

Gatekeeper and Small Skipper were two new butterflies, with lots of the former and two of the latter. Other species seen were Large Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock and Comma.

The new odonata were Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker and Emerald Damselfly. Also seen were Downy Emerald, 4-Spot Chaser, Brown Hawker, Red-eyed Damsel, Common Blue Damsel, Azure Damsel and Blue-tailed Damsel.

This sunny weather has its benefits, but the water levels on certain parts of the patch are worryingly low, we do need rain.



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Fenn's & Whixall Mosses yesterday:

Most of the odonata you'd expect, with white-faced darters still hanging on (six certainly seen, including 4 males and a pair in 'cop'). Emerald damsel and emperor were the only additions to what Mark saw a few days back. The only other insect of note was Large Heath, with three certains seen and two fly-bys which were probables. Little else stirred in the insect world and the place is crying out for rain - none soon and you'd think permanent damage might be done.



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Three hours on Marbury Patch this morning in hot and sunny weather looking for Dragonflies and Butterflies. Good numbers of both seen.

Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Red-eyed Damselfly.

Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper, Comma and Gatekeeper.



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Our local country fair this weekend just gone, but indirectly that contributed to a great find. As I was walking to the event (at the pub!!) I noticed a small, dark butterfly on the path ahead of me on the outskirts of our village, Moulton, near Northwich. As I suspected it was a hairstreak butterfly and being under oaks wasn't surprised to see that it was a Purple Hairstreak. This is the first local one of these I have ever had, being here for 19 years, so I was really well chuffed! Piccy attached.

Also nearby, at Whitegate where we ride the horses my wife Carys had a Large Marsh Horsefly. This species is having a bumper summer with a population boom. The flies are over an inch long but nowhere near as sneaky as clegs so probably wont't be able to bite humans un-noticed, I like the critters actually smile As always the tabloids are having a field day, the Sun saying that there is an invasion of monster horseflies from Europe (helps their agenda wink) when it's just a population boom of a native species!



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Llandegla Forest 10.30-14.30

Walked from Pant and entered the forest in the SW corner along a vehicle track marked as a footpath and

followed this route round to a high point overlooking a large cleared area. The path goes round in a "U" shape,

so at it's highest point you're overlooking the point where you started and Pant.

In the hot sun the path provided a bonanza of insect sightings though.

Butterflies : Lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns in the vegetation alongside the path. Also 4 Small Skippers,

4 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Red Admirals, 3 Comma, 1 Large White and lots of Small Whites.

Moths : 1 Bordered White and 1 Red Necked Footman (For which I broke the rules and rescued it from a web, although there was

no sign of a spider. The moth seemed soon clear of the sticky thread and flew off well into the bracken).

Dragonflies : 2 Southern Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawkers, 1m Golden Ringed Dragonfly, 1m+1f Broad Bodied Chasers.

Also 1 Cleg that had an unfortunate fate.



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Whixall Moss & Prees Heath, North Shropshire today for dragonflies and butterflies.

A male and female White-faced Darter ovipositing plus another three females. Also around were Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies represented by Green-veined White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Common Blue, Holly Blue and Silver-studded Blue.


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You haven't mentioned black darter. which your photos clearly are. Just a slip of the mind I presume? 

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No Andy, weve mis-identified! Three of the five darters disappeared straight away and we were left with two females to id. My friend and I both had our reservations that they were WFDs based on size and the fact that the frons wasnt right. Weve allowed ourselves to be swayed, partly by others at the site. Never gave Black Darter a thought. Guilty as charged!

We were at the pool so it appears the WFDs could have dispersed now. I may just pop back in a few days or just leave it until early June next year.


 Glad to be of service Mark. It is a little late for WFD now, especially after the weather we have had. I took the attached photograph in Staffordshire on 20th May, which is quite a while back now.

Good luck whenever you try again.

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Whixall Moss & Prees Heath, North Shropshire today for dragonflies and butterflies.

A male and female White-faced Darter ovipositing plus another three females. Also around were Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies represented by Green-veined White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Common Blue, Holly Blue and Silver-studded Blue.


Hi Mark,

You haven't mentioned black darter. which your photos clearly are. Just a slip of the mind I presume? 

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No Andy, weve mis-identified! Three of the five darters disappeared straight away and we were left with two females to id. My friend and I both had our reservations that they were WFDs based on size and the fact that the frons wasnt right. Weve allowed ourselves to be swayed, partly by others at the site. Never gave Black Darter a thought. Guilty as charged!

We were at the pool so it appears the WFDs could have dispersed now. I may just pop back in a few days or just leave it until early June next year.

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Whixall Moss & Prees Heath, North Shropshire today for dragonflies and butterflies.

A male and female White-faced Darter ovipositing plus another three females. Also around were Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies represented by Green-veined White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Common Blue, Holly Blue and Silver-studded Blue.


Hi Mark,

You haven't mentioned black darter. which your photos clearly are. Just a slip of the mind I presume? 

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Whixall Moss & Prees Heath, North Shropshire today for dragonflies and butterflies.

A male and female White-faced Darter ovipositing plus another three females. Also around were Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly.

Butterflies represented by Green-veined White, Large White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Common Blue, Holly Blue and Silver-studded Blue.

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Walked this morning from the bridge at Acton Bridge (roughly a mid point between Northwich and Frodsham) to just beyond Dutton Locks and back.

Brown Hawker was the only dragon present and butterflies were represented by Small & Large Skipper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue and Small, Large & Green-veined White.

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Climbed from Kirkstone Pass Inn to Hartsop Dodd via Stony Cove Pike in search of Mountain Ringlet yesterday.

Saw 10 on climb up to summit of Stony Cove Pike from about 550m up to summit at 763m. Then descended to Coll on the way to Hartsop Dodd summit where there were a further 61 seen. We stopped counting once we got to the Hartsop Dodd summit so as not to double count, but there were so many on the return around the Coll I would estimate a number in excess of 100. I had heard this place was good for Mountain Ringlet but it exceeded all expectations.


Also large numbers of Small Heath again 100+. The weather was hot and cloudless with a light South Westerly breeze.

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Small Pool and Gull Pool adjacent to Whitegate Way and part of Newchurch Common patch.

Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Green-veined White and Small White butterflies.

Odonata :- Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly (1), Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Brown Hawker and Common Darter.

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