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Post Info TOPIC: Stockport to East Didsbury (other wildlife)


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RE: Stockport to East Didsbury (other wildlife)


I had a quick walk round Heaton Mersey Common this evening, and as well as a couple of Peacock butterflies and a Comma, a great sighting was a Tawny Mining Bee. When I saw it flying around I saw a little hole that they evidently make with a cone like mound of soil around it, and then I noticed 4 more holes around the square foot or so of soil. Assumption would be that they belonged to other bees; although they are supposed to be solitary I presume a cluster of nests isn't unusual. The bee was stunning, a rich russet orange looking superb in the sunshine

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Vapourer moth found at work this morning

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I've been out a couple of times looking for Dragonflies and Butterflies, just locally around the Heaton Mersey NR and down by the river. So far I've seen the following butterflies commonly:

Large White
Small White
Red Admiral
Comma
Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood

...and these less frequently:

Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Gatekeeper
Holly Blue
Brimstone

...and the following dragonflies:

Emperor
Brown Hawker
Common Darter

and a Banded Demoiselle Damselfly

I think I've seen some nice stuff for a pretty built up area.

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Group of Salmon swimming up the River Mersey this morning near M60 bridge. 



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 19th of September 2016 08:36:19 AM

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