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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

1 Southern Hawker

66 Black Darter

55 Common Darter.



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Chat Moss

6 Black Darter

18 Common Darter....they bide their time then come into their own at this time of the year...



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

2 Red Admiral

43 Black Darter

19 Common Darter

1 Southern Hawker.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

70 Black Darter

45 Common Darter

1 Southern Hawker

2 Small Tortoiseshell

1 Red Admiral

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

124 Black Darter

96 Common Darter

1 Small Copper Butterfly

3 Southern Hawker...including watching one catch and then proceed to eat a Black Darter...

 



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Croxden FN65

2 Small Tortoiseshell

29 Black Darter

2 Emerald Damselfly

 



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Little Woolden Moss LWT Nature Reserve

56 Black Darter

3 Southern Hawker

34 Common Darter

3 Speckled Wood



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Dragonfly Survey Croxden

1 Southern Hawker female ovipositing

168 Black Darter

21 Common Darter

 



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24 Common Darter

116 Black Darter

1 Black-Tailed Skimmer

1 Migrant Hawker

1 Common Lizard.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

38 Black Darter

52 Common Darter

1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

1 Southern Hawker.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

31 Black Darter

17 Common Darter

2 Small Tortoiseshell

1 Southern Hawker

1 Migrant Hawker

1 Brown Hawker

3 Speckled Wood Butterfly.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve am

17 Common Darter

1 Migrant Hawker

1 Southern Hawker

1 Red Admiral

18 Black Darter

1 Common Lizard.



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2 Black Darter...with wings weighed down by raindrops...



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Croxden FN65 am...

3 Comma

2 Red Admiral

56 Black Darter

1 Southern Hawker

2 Small Tortoiseshell

6 Common Darter.



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FN57

2 Red Admiral

8 Small Tortoiseshell 

Little Woolden Moss East

26 Black Darter

4 Common Darter

1 Peacock Butterfly.

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

1 Red Admiral

11 Black Darter

6 Common Darter



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

3 Speckled Wood Butterfly

1 Small Copper

23 Black Darter

1 Brown Hawker

7 Common Darter.



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New Moss Wood

1 Migrant Hawker.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

56 Black Darter

12 Common Darter.

1 Spider delivering its kiss of death to a fly...image attached!



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

52 Black Darter

17 Common Darter.



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Little Woolden Moss am

3 Southern Hawker

2 Brown Hawker

26 Black Darter

12 Common Darter

1 Comma

3 Common Lizard...these noted due to a tip-off from our very own Lizard expert....he knows who I mean!!!



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Croxden

144 Black Darter

24 Common Darter

5 Southern Hawker

2 Emerald Damselfly

3 Brown Hawker

 



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On Little Woolden Moss this afternoon:

No fewer than 15 Common Lizards on a short section of wooden fencepost by the eastern pools, just where there is a footpath which runs off to the south

2 Comma

1 Speckled Wood

4 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock on a very small buddelia  

Plenty of Black and Common Darters

all photos taken with a fairly crappy but effective little camera!



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Irlam Moss am:
1 Painted Lady

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Irlam Moss this morning

2 Painted Lady butterflies

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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve 

1 Brown Hawker

2 Southern Hawker

34 Black Darter

8 Common Darter.



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290820 Noon

Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

1 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Comma Butterfly

21 Black Darter

5 Common Darter

2 Southern Hawker.

 



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Croxden

14 Black Darter

4 Common Darter.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature reserve

1 Painted Lady

2 Speckled Wood Butterfly

12 Black Darter

1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly.

Croxden

28 Black Darter

1 Weasel.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

45 Black Darter

6 Meadow Brown

2 Painted Lady

5 Small Tortoiseshell

11 Common Darter.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature reserve

5 Southern Hawker

2 Brown Hawker

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Red Admiral Butterfly

180 Black Darter

2 Emperor Dragonfly...mating

32 Common Darter.

1 Bee rescued from a peat pool...its struggles sent out mini waves of vibration which led me to see it...



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Little Woolden Moss Saturday am

2 Brown Hawker

3 Southern Hawker

90 Black Darter

2 Speckled Wood Butterfly

6 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

16 Common Darter.



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Little Woolden Moss...with the strong gusting wind keeping most insects in cover

30 Black Darter

5 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.



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Croxden am

1 Brown Hawker ovipositing

1 pair of Emerald Damselfly mating

1 Southern Hawker

130 Black Darter

2 Brown Hawker

1 Emperor Dragonfly...female

14 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

30 Emerald Damselfly.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature reserve

2 Southern Hawker

1 Brown Hawker

3 Painted Lady Butterfly

15 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

1 Red Admiral Butterfly

2 Speckled Wood Butterfly



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve...East Pool Area

1 Southern Hawker

1 Brown Hawker

35 Black Darter

24 Common Darter

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

1 Red Admiral

6 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve FN38

53 Black Darter

1 Painted Lady

18 Common Darter

1 Longhorn Beetle noted.



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Croxden FN65

1 Southern Hawker

90 Black Darter 



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Croxden

310 Black Darter...most at Teneral stage...once more a great emergence of this Darter on the mosses... there were more but not on a Dragonfly survey today...these were flushed as I passed through the vegetation....

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss this morning
1 Fox
2 Painted Lady butterflies
Hundreds of Black Darter
Quite a few Southern Hawkers


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And this idiot got 46 horsefly/cleg bites because he wore shorts, T-shirt and no spray. Lesson learned, possibly

Also, I notice that xeno-canto has a recording of Bog Bush-Cricket. Didn't know they did non-birds !

https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Metrioptera-brachyptera

-- Edited by John Watson on Saturday 15th of August 2020 10:14:58 AM

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Thanks Andy for the info wrt one of my constant companions at this time of the year out on the Moss!

 



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Little Woolden Moss FN38

46 Black Darter

3 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Southern Hawker

3 Brown Hawker

22 Common Darter

6 Bog Bush Cricket heard

8 Horsefly bites sustained...at least....the nature of the area I'm afraid...but not of Horseflies...thankfully!

 


 Love the picture Dave. Looking at guides, and on the internet, it appears to be a twin-lobed deerfly. Glad to say I don't come across them that often!

Andy B.



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Little Woolden Moss FN38

46 Black Darter

3 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Southern Hawker

3 Brown Hawker

22 Common Darter

6 Bog Bush Cricket heard

8 Horsefly bites sustained...at least....the nature of the area I'm afraid...but not of Horseflies...thankfully!

 



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Little Woolden Moss LNR
Weasel (NW corner)

Sev Black Darter
Sev Common Darter
Emperor Dragonfly

Painted Lady by E entrance
Sev Peacock

Sev billion Clegs (else I'd have ID'd other butterflies)

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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve FN38

1 Bog Bush Cricket laying eggs...

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

5 Brown Hawker

27 Black Darter

25 Common Darter



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Little Woolden Moss, mid pm, slightly breezy

1 Small Skipper

That's it (few birds other than 100s of Swift)

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Little Woolden Moss 09.30-12.30

3 Green Veined Whites, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet and 1 Small Heath.

No dragonflies were seen and just 2 Common Blue Damselflies.

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Nice views of 2 Water Voles seen on several occasions today at Moss Farm Fisheries.

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Chat Moss this afternoon

2 Small Skipper butterflies

Also quite a number of discarded dragonfly wings on the peat - presumably Black Darter- left over from whatever has been feasting on them.

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