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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)


Irlam Moss

Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar crawling across Twelve Yards Rd. Moved to the safety of grass verge.

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At least two Painted Lady butterflies amongst excellent numbers of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacocks, several Common Blue and a Comma along the western edge of Little Woolden Moss NR.

Incredible number of dragonflies over the reserve too, superb to see!



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c40+ Peacock butterflies mainly in two small areas (of thistle and a buddleia) along the very western edge of Little Woolden Moss NR this afternoon, along with c16 Red Admiral and smaller numbers of Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper with a single Painted Lady.



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Little Woolden Moss 16.00-19.00

Butterflies : 12 Peacocks (10 around flowering Creeping Thistle), 1 Painted Lady, 2 Speckled Woods and lots of Gatekeepers.

Also 1 Common Carpet moth. 2 Brown Hawker and several Black Darter dragonflies.

Lots of Clegs and 2 Deer Flies too, none of which were deterred by several layers of insect repellent.

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Good numbers of Black Darter along the perimeter footpath around Little Woolden Moss this morning, also 2 Peacock and several Gatekeeper

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Painted Lady on Little Woolden Moss NR this morning.



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Little Woolden Moss NR and Little Woolden Moss

Lots of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort.

Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Also, a vole seen running across path at Little Woolden Moss NR.

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Little Woolden Moss 13.00-15.00

Numerous Azure and Large Red Damselflies.

4 Four Spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor and 1 male Black tailed Skimmer dragonflies. 4 Green Tiger Beetles.

1 Painted Lady (Very faded), 2 Large Skipper and 10 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Most of the butterflies were on flowering Creeping Thistle at the western edge of the moss.



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 Several Large-red Damselflies around Croxdens this afternoon



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Little Woolden Moss NR 09.00-13.00

With a chilly Easterly wind blowing across the moss the only insect seen, apart from a few hardy bumblebees, was

a single St Marks Fly. It appeared very lethargic and just lay on the path.


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Morning walk around Little Woolden Moss NR :

9 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock butterflies.

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Male brimstone along Rindle road this afternoon



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Male Orange-tip along Rindle road this afternoon



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A single Peacock butterfly on the wing this early afternoon along the edge of Rindle Wood and moving around trying to take in the few rays of warmth from the sun.



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Thanks Nick. They certainly match your suggestions.

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Hello mate

As you know, fungi are not my thing but I would suggest;
2nd Pic = Scytinotus Longinquus - Peeling Oysterling
4th pic = Ascocoryne Sarcoides - Jelly Drops

Cant take any credit though, I use an App on my Iphone called "Picture Mushroom" ! I find it pretty good, although wouldn't use as a basis to eat anything!

I also use another good App called "PictureThis" for plants.

Take care
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Little Woolden Moss this am

I found a few interesting fungi that I have no idea what they are and the patch of Common Earthstars I found last week had increased to over 30 specimens. Any help with ID fungi in my attached photos would be much appreciated. I think the red one is a type of slime mould.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 12th of December 2020 09:19:38 PM

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Found a nice patch of c20 Common Earthstars all at various stage of growth on Little Woolden Moss today.

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Little Woolden Moss LWT Nature Reserve

2 Common Darter

1 Peacock Butterfly.



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Little Woolden Moss LWT reserve

1 Common Darter...

1 Ladybird...



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Several Small White butterflies on a set aside (meant for Pheasant cover) in field 69 this early afternoon.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

1 Southern Hawker

7 Black Darter.



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Chat Moss

4 Black Darter

2 Common Darter



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Little Woolden Moss

1 Southern Hawker

5 Common Darter

3 Black Darter

1 Red Admiral Butterfly.



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2 Southern Hawker

1 Small Copper Butterfly

24 Black Darter

6 Common Darter.



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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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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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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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