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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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Neumanns Flash : 10.15-14.30

Dragonflies : Lots of Black tailed Skimmers (Especially along the path to Pods Hide)

Plenty of Azure Damselflies around too.

Butterflies : 1 Large Skipper, 3 Gatekeepers, 3 Speckled Wood and lots of Ringlets.

Also 1 "10p" sized water beetle (Resembled "Lybius Fenstratus" but could'n be sure of ID) that flew in and landed

on the waterside mud by the path to Pods Hide.

8 Meadow Brown butterflies were on Dairyhouse Meadows.


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Some shots from a recent visit to Scotland (early June), where I was lucky with the weather and even luckier with dragonflies queueing up to be photographed. I've included female and male Northern Emerald, Downy Emerald and (the reason for my visit) Azure Hawker. Also slipped in a shot of Argent and Sable moth, another target which I was lucky to connect with. Let me tell you, if I hadn't had this antidote to the completely flat local insect scene, I'd be on to the Samaritans by now!

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Visited Gull Pool (part of Newchurch Common patch) adjacent to the Whitegate Way path this morning. We regularly dog walk in this area but todays visit was to try and see Downy Emerald which would be a new dragonfly species for me. Two duly obliged in the inlet below the bench. One male was present, patroling its territory but every now and then another would appear whereupon there would be a little spat before territorial rights were resumed. Thanks for the exact spot Doc, you always deliver! Large Red Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly also around plus Speckled Wood and Green-veined White butterflies nearby.


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Visited Gull Pool (part of Newchurch Common patch) adjacent to the Whitegate Way path this morning. We regularly dog walk in this area but todays visit was to try and see Downy Emerald which would be a new dragonfly species for me. Two duly obliged in the inlet below the bench. One male was present, patroling its territory but every now and then another would appear whereupon there would be a little spat before territorial rights were resumed. Thanks for the exact spot Doc, you always deliver! Large Red Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly also around plus Speckled Wood and Green-veined White butterflies nearby.

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Newchurch Patch again this morning in the sunshine.

Biggest highlight was a male Clouded Buff moth on Abbot's Moss, a heathland specialist and scarce & localised in Cheshire. My record is possibly the first for this 10km square smile Also seen my first Comma here for the year, along with Red Admiral, Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and a cracking Painted Lady. Odonata seen were Brown Hawker, Downy Emerald, 4-Spot Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly. Seven-Spot Ladybird and Harlequin Ladybird were seen, the latter including subspecies conspicua. Nettle Weevil was also seen.



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Bold Heath
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Verge and lower bit of grassy slope here has been mowed back, razing two out of the three Bee Orchids I saw here last week.
A few more spikes were out though, six or seven plants.

A Yellowhammer was singing in nearby fields.


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Decided on an afternoon visit given that the weather forecast gave sunny intervals pm, and so it turned out!

Had my first Brown Hawker dragonfly of 2018 in the meadows near Big Pool. All the common 'blue' damselflies still but also my forst sighting for a while of Large Red damselflies, with 2 on the mosslands. A Silver-Y moth was seen. More Ringlets on the wing today, again mainly in the meadows. One of the 'violet' Ground Beetles, Carabus problematicus, was found under a log. Lots of Nursery Web Spiders were evident. Common Spotted Orchids are now out in the meadows too. Finally a large adult Common Lizard was on the mosslands.



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Delamere Forest ( Hunger Hill/Blakmere area) 19.06.2018 18.00-21.00

2m Southern Hawker Dragonflies and a single Large Red Damselfly.

Masses of tiny frogs and toads were on the move.

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A morning walk on Newchurch Common saw only one addition to my invertebrate list for 2018 there, Narrow-bordered 5-Spot Burnet Moth, the burnet that is the one seen up in these parts almost exclusively. A Ringlet butterfly still seen too.



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Large numbers of male long-horn moths Nemophora degeerella in Padley Gorge woodland today; around the quarry area. Female scorpionfly around the same area, too.

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A visit on a dull day today to Newchurch saw many more Ringlets out, in a few locations across the site now. As a recent colonist of many sites, including this one, folk may be interested in these. If you need more directions just PM me smile



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Back in Cheshire and with a little sunshine this afternoon I decided to try Newchurch again! What a surprise!

First Ringlet of the year on brambles in a glade near Small Pool and lots of Meadow Browns around, which weren't out before I went on holiday. I checked the ID of lots of blue damselflies getting to around 1000 Common Blues before I got the first Azure Damselfly ( I then gave up biggrin ). Still at least 2 Downy Emerald Dragonflies on the wing.

 



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Leaving Somerset today we couldn't resist a final trip up Collard Hill en route! Again, as for the whole holiday, the weather was dry, fine & sunny most of the time, with the result that lots of Large Blue Butterflies were again on the wing giving great views. This time however we were helping the warden of 2018, Mia, look for eggs, a task in which we all failed. We did find Bee Orchids which was a target too, along with Pyramidal, Common Spotted & Greater Butterfly Orchids. Painted Lady and Silver-Y & Orchard Ermine moths were seen too.



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Back in Somerset for our last full day, at Ham Wall/Shapwick Heath. Highlight has to be the Mole we found above ground. It looked like a juvenile looking for a territory and didn't half move fast! Also seen were Scarce Chaser, 4-Spot Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor, Common Blue Damselflies, Azure Damselfly, Variable Damselfly & Red-eyed Damselfly. A Garden Tiger moth was seen & a huge 7cm long Drinker Moth caterpillar. A Summer Spider was a new species for us.

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Since I can't edit on my phone, should read 5-spot Burnet, not Chaser!

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Headed to Dorset today in sweltering hot weather mainly for butterflies. Started off st Lydlinch Common in an area of it that was new to us. Straight away the main target was seen: Marsh Fritillary. Over the two halves of the reserve we saw c.11 individuals, and hot lots of photos despite the heat. Also here were 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 2 Painted Ladies, Small & Large Skippers and Meadow Brown. We also had both Beautiful & Banded Demoiselles, Broad-bodied Chaser, 5-spot Chaser, Hornet and Fallow Deer. Next we went to Alners Gorse and saw a similar mix of commoner species along with Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Common Blue and another Hornet . Final destination was Fiddleford Mill where we saw White-legged Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles, the latter in their hundreds!!!

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