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A sunny day at Newchurch Common produced severa; butterflies, common at the moment are Speckled Woods, Small Whites and Small Coppers, all of which were seen. More unusual were pristine specimens of Comma (several seen in one area which suggests a hatch) and a pristine Painted Lady. Several Black Darter dragonflies were on the mosslands as well as several Common Darters, some ovipositing), a Migrant Hawker and a Brown Hawker. A relative of my previous orb weaver spider was found, namely Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus). As well publicised in the press there were hundreds of craneflies on the wing, mainly of the species Tipula confusa.

A new fungus species was identified with lots of heads of Ivory Coral Fungus (Ramariopsis kunzei)in one small area of woodland. Several new heads of Earth Ball Fungus were also found (Scleroderma citrinum).



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Pembrokeshire (Wales) - south of Solva:

Seen on Sunday, 18th September 2016...

Adder (lifer for me!) across footpath on Pembrokeshire Coastal Path slinking into gorse undergrowth.

Also the following butterflies:
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood

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Hesketh Out Marsh (11.30-15.00)

3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and a Stoat were on the embankment.

Mere Sands Wood NR (16.00-17.30)

1 Comma and 3 Speckled Wood butterflies. 1 Brown Hawker dragonfly, Common Darters abundant, with 8 resting on a single wooden bench.

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Saturday, 17th September 2016.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path near St Davids the following butterflies seen:

Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood
Small Copper
Small White

Atlantic Grey Seals and pups

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Yesterdays visit to Newchurch Common saw me add a new species of spider to the patch list. On Shemy Moss I found a cracking female 4-spot Orb Weaver (Araneus quadratus). She was the lime green form and in a typical 'sewn-together' clump of rosebay willowherb seed-heads. I have only seen this species in two locations before, on The Lizard, Cornwall and at Spurn, so a nice addition for me. A Common Lizard and a Common Toad were seen too. One Common Darter was the only dragonfly seen. Two Small Coppers nectared on Ragwort and lots of Speckled Woods were still about.



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I posted the Smew news as quickly as I could on here, for Newchurch Common, but here are the non-bird highlights!:

Lots of fungi now out, a fabulous large Earth Ball (picture 1), a Shaggy Inkcap (picture 2), lots of Birch Polypores, one clump of Artist's Fungus and lots more unidentified ones. Now is fungus season, I wish I knew more about them! Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter were seen as well as Speckled Woods in double figures , Large White & Small White.

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Added a new species to my patch list at Newchurch Common in an hours visit this morning with a Yellow-tail Moth caterpillar found & photographed, a stunning little caterpillar but with very irritant hairs. Lots of Small Coppers on the wing again, with double figures seen, the same for Speckled Woods. Otherwise just a Red Admiral and a Large White. A Brown Hawker was seen as well as a Migrant Hawker & lots of Common Darters.

Picture of the caterpillar attached for ID puposes so folk don't handle it!!!



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Burton Wetlands Centre/IMF

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Speckled Wood butterflies were numerous along the woodland edge, also 1 Comma and 1 Red Admiral.

Common Darter dragonflies were abundant along the boardwalks. 1 Common Lizard was basking on a wooden fence.

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Down at Newchurch Common today there were 2 Common Lizards still and several young Common Frogs. A Hornet was seen on the mosses part of the patch, a different area from the previous one, I wish I could find the nest! Several Speckled Woods were on the wing despite it being overcast, the onlyother butterfly being a Large White. The only dragonfly species present was Migrant Hawker, with two being seen, both hunting in the crowns of oak trees.



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Todays trip to Newchurch produced a fresh Small Copper butterfly after the worn one on Sunday, at least 12 Speckled Woods and a Small White. In cloudy but warm conditions a Common Darter was the only Odonata seen. A hatch of Alder Leaf Beetles meant that over 200 were counted, bad news for the alders here! Drone Flies and Marmalade Hoverflies were seen too.

Nearby, slightly off-patch, 2 Migrant Hawkers were seen in aerial combat.



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Moore NR 5.20-7.45pm

Speckled Woods were he only butterflies seen, they were plentiful though. 4 hawker dragonflies were around the treetops by Birchwood Pool, but they did'nt get close enough to get an ID.

By Pumphouse Pool, 4 Alder Leaf Beatles were on a clump of hazel, with a single 7 spot Ladybird nearby.

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Back from Cornwall & into Cheshire today, first day off and back at Newchurch Common, where else?!

Butterflies seen on a short, sunny walk were a worn Small Copper, a fresh Common Blue, a couple of Large Whites and several Speckled Woods. A very late Red-eyed Damselfly was on Small Pool. lots of Common Darters were seen as well as a single male Migrant Hawker. A new insect was photographed - a tachinid fly, Tachina fera (see attached picture), as well as the hoverflies Eristalis pertinax, Eristalis tenax and Episyrphus balteatus.



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Nearly forgot, final word from Cornwall ..... maybe! Bedroom moths attracted each evening with the light on included several Common Rustics, a beautiful Frosted Orange ans a nice Green Carpet. Best name though has to go to a tiny spider we found, quite scarce, known as the Pink Prowler..... in the bedrooom, who'd believe it!!



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Early evening walk from Lapwing Lane (Moore NR) to Half Way House.

The sandy heath west of the swing bridge that was teeming with butterflies and burnet moths a few weeks ago now seems almost devoid of life.

The only insect seen here being a single Garden Pebble moth. 2 Brown Hawkers and 2 Migrant Hawkers patrolled the banks of the ship canal.

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A quick summary of the final three day of our Cornwall holiday.

On Mondat the most notable addition was a Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Windmill Farm NR along with another Painted Lady.

On Tuesday (& Wednesday) at Helston Loe we happened upon one of those wildlife spectacles that leave you amazed. As we walked down the path we noticed several Red Admirals in one area. On closer inspection they were attracted to a gash in an oak tree exuding sap. Up to 15 at a time were fluttering & perching on the tree trunk feeding on the sweet liquid. Also attracted to the sap were up tp 12 Hornets! These fantasic insects were feeding on sap but also hunting the Red Admirals! We saw one Hlornet catch a Red Admiral, cut through each of the 4 wings one by one and then sever the head befoure flying off with the butterfly's body! A fabulous spectacle to watch. We also saw a Violet Ground Beetle here, a Dor Beetle and displaying Beautiful Demoiselles. Again a Painted Lady was seen amongst many other butterfly species seen.



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In Cornwall & hot and sunny again. New sightings included Grayling Butterflies and Gatekeepers at Soapy Cove as well as a stonking Great Green Bush Cricket. Then at Windmill Farm NR we had a male Adder and a this years young of this species.



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Today's other wildlife highlights in Cornwall included Grey Bush Crickets at Gunwalloe on the Lizard where we also saw Small Heath butterflies. At Windmill Farm NR we saw Emperor dragonfly and Common Darter as well as Common Blue damselflies. At Polgigga a single Beautiful Demoiselle was seen.



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A walk along the Roseland Peninsula coastpath in Cornwall yesterday in warm sunshine produced lots more butterflies, with Small Copper & Common Blues being new for the holiday. Lots more Holly Blues were on the wing, I personally have had my best year ever for this species. Red Admirals, Speckled Woods and Meadow Browns were seen as well as Small & Large Whites. A Dock Shield Bug was found, on dock! On the shoreline a bit of rockpooling revealed Green Worms eating a crab, live Shore Crab, a huge dead Spider Crab, Anurida maritima so (a rockpool insect!), several Compass Jellyfish and was a great way to spend another glorious afternoon.



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Neumanns Flash (Mostly in the rain 6.00-8.00 pm)

2 Brown Hawkers along the south bank. 1 Fox that calmly trotted along the path behind me at 8.00 pm.

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First day yesterday in Cornwall so the first port of call was a few miles from the B&B at Perranuthnoe where a Hudsonian Whimbrel has been resident for ages. In the sunshine the holiday butterfly list got off to a great start with a stunning Painted Lady & a Holly Blue as well as Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Large & Small Whites. Then a pop to Pendeen Watch produced our best ever views of a really close Ocean Sunfish as well as several Grey Seals. A great first half day!

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In the sunshine at Newchurch Common I added a new species to the insect list, one that I had hoped for and sort of expected - Hornet (Vespa crabro). This huge predator flew around the meadow but never stopped for me to get a picture! Hopefully there may be a colony nearby and I wil get that picture on another visit. Another new insect was Orange Ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata), found on bracken on Shemmy Moss (picture for ID info attached).

Otherwise several Brown Hawker Dragonflies, over 30 Common Darters, a Migrant Hawker, Common Blue Damselfy, Red-eyed Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Also most of the common butterfles still present.



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5.30-8.15pm

Rixton Clay Pits

3 Brown Hawker and 2 Southern Hawker dragonflies. 2 Emerald and 3 Blue Tailed damselflies. 1 Peacock, 2 Gatekeeper and 3 Speckled Wood butterflies.


Nearby, 1 Mink ran across Woodend Lane near the fishing pools.

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Second report is from today, 16th August:

Another new dragonfly species with a male and female Banded Demoiselle seen on Sandiway Small Pool, a long distance away from the nearest running water so not at all expected.

Another butterfly was seen in addition to yesterdays ten, namely Small Tortoiseshell.

On Shemmy Moss a nearly 3.5 inch long insect caught my eye, as it would. This turned out to be a spectacular Ichneumon Wasp, one of the Dolichomitus species (not ID-able to species level without a pinned specimen & a microscope!!). As with a few other insect finds on this patch this is a scarce insect for the UK and may be a Cheshire first again! (see attached picture - the antennae are approx 0.75 inches long, the body is an inch & the ovipositor 1.5 inches, quite a beast!)



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First report from Monday Aug 15th:

A new Dragonfly species was added to the Newchurch Common List that I am building up in the shape of Migrant Hawker. At least three of this species were seen on the 'mosses' to the south of the Whitegate Way. Male Black Darters were still on Abbots Moss but now no females, their job is done!Other odonata seen were Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and a single Azure Damselfly.

Ten species of butterflies were recorded: Red Admiral, Comma, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Speckled Wod, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and Small Copper.

A new Grasshopper was added: Field Grasshopper.



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From Martin Mere, a nice rich variety of butterflies were about including my best ever view of brimstone, plus painted lady, meadow brown, a possible small skipper, red admiral, peacock, speckled wood, orange tip, comma, large white and tortoiseshell.

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Nothing much to report from Newchurch Common but the most interesting sighting on Friday 12th Aug was a tiny baby Common Lizard, confirming breeding on the mosses on the south side of the patch smile



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Ventured onto my patch again and little new to report.

Common Lizard again seen as well as Common Toad. Red Admiral the only noteworthy butterfly along with 6 commoner species. Still lots of Red-eyed Damselflies, possibly hanging on later than normal.

The mossland part of my patch is a Cheshire Wildlife Trust site and today I met with 3 folk from the CWT for a chat. I discussed the records that I have been accruing over all taxa. I will now be supplying all the data for the site to them and will continue to monitor the site for them as it is under-recorded, which is bad news for such a fantastic site. It is great to think that my data will now be formalised and be used directly by those who manage the site. I look forward to a long & productive association smile



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My weekend visits, Saturday & Sunday, to Newchurch Common, Cheshire, produced some good non-bird sightings.

A smallish Grass Snake and a juvenile Common Lizard were seen. Common Frog and Common Toad were also present. A Common Shrew was found, probably using an old Bank Vole nest that I had previously found.

A male Holly Blue was photographed taking minerals from the main track and a Common Blue was near Big Pool. Other butterflies included Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small Copper (still several), Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White & Green-veined White. A Yellow Shell moth and a Silver-Y moth were seen.

A new dragonfly for patch was seen, Common Hawker, with a male over bog pools to the south of patch. Also here were 5+Black Darters, several Common Darters (both darter species ovipositing still), Brown Hawkers and a Large Red Damselfly. On Newchurch Common itself 30+Red-eyed Damselflies remained as well as a few Emerald Damselflies, a few Blue-tailed and lots of Common Blue Damselflies.



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Whixall Moss, Shropshire/Clwyd

10.00-16.00

Lots of Black Darter dragonflies, a few Common Hawkers and 1 male Black Tailed Skimmer.

4 Emerald Damselflies.

Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Peacock butterflies plentiful, the later especially so on the Buddleia bushes by the canal. 1 Painted Lady butterfly there also.

Also 3 Brimstone and 2 Small Copper butterflies along the mossland trail. 2 Common Lizards, 3 small Common Frogs and 1 small Common Toad here too.

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On a birdy twitch yesterday to Minsmere RSPB in Suffolk the sunny weather gave us the opportunity to do some insect watching too. The first mention must go to a lifer - a cricket, namely Roesel's Bush Cricket. This has a limited UK distribution but is expanding and was very common near the coast path. In the same area we had several basking Common Lizards too.

Butterfly wise we saw 12 species with my first Wall of 2016. Three Painted Lady butterflies were on the buddleias with 50+ Red Admirals, several Peacocks and a couple of Commas. A couple of Graylings were seen as well as one Small Copper. Other species were Small Skipper, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Green-veined White.

Small Red-eyed Damselflies were seen as well as Emerald Damselflies but alas no Willow Emeralds which would have been a lifer too. Migrant Hawker  and Common Darter Dragonflies were on the wing.

A major highlight was seeing a couple of Water Voles including the cutest youngster feeding out on the back of a small pool.



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If folk want to see good numbers of Black Darter dragonflies locally then get down to Newchurch Common.

They were in good numbers on the adjacent Shemmy/Abbots Moss areas on 31st July (all part of my patch centred on the fishing lakes!). Black Darters were in tandem & ovipositing as were Common Darters. A worn Four-spotted Chaser was seem as well as a male & female Emperor. Four Brown Hawkers completes the dragons! Red-eyed, Common Blue & Blue-tailed Damselflies were seen on Newchurch Common as well as my first ever Emerald Damselfy there.

A Holly Blue near the parking area was a new butterfly for patch & one of 11 species seen, including 5 Small Coppers, a Common Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White and an egg laying Green-veined White.

Two moths noted were a Silver-Y and a Common Carpet.

All not bad for a mainly overcast day with only a few sunny intervals.



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Point Of Air, Talacre 10.00-14.00

4 Grey Seals offshore.

Along the dyke leading to the RSPB hide.

1 Common Darter dragonfly, 2 Small Copper, 2 Wall Brown, 4 Common Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Meadow Brown and numerous Gatekeeper butterflies.



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27.07.2016 5.15-8.15pm

Moore NR, Walked from Lapwing Lane to halfway House along the ship canal, and returned via Upper Moss Side.

The heath by the canal produced : 2 Silver Y and 2 Broad Barred White moths. 1 Violet Ground Beetle and 1 Common Blue Damselfly.

A few Meadow Brown butterflies were still around.

In the scrub alongside the canal Gatekeeper butterflies were numerous.

Just one dragonfly was seen, and that was alongside the canal, could'nt be sure of species but it looked like a "Blue tailed Skimmer".

Moss Side produced 1 Yellow Shell moth, and lots of horseflies, but as it was a little cooler than last week, they appeared to be more sluggish and dopey, which was fatal for them.


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After a week away on my first day off yesterday (26th July) I managed a short visit to Newchurch Common.

2 new moths for my site list with Common Carpet (expected) and Scalloped Hook-tip which was a completely new moth for me. Otherwise 9 species of butterfly, the best being a Smll Copper, a worn Comma and newly emerged Peacocks. Otherwise Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Large Whites, Small Whites and Green-veined Whites. Eventually rain stopped play biggrin

 



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A trip up north yesterday brought some nice butterflies. We went to Heysham Moss and Warton Crag. list 15 in all as follows:

Heysham Moss

Large White
Small White
Green Veined White
Peacock
Red Admiral
Small Copper
Large Skipper
Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood

Warton Crag

Gatekeeper
Grayling
Common Blue
Ringlet
Small Skipper
Northern Brown Argus





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Wayoh & Edgworth this morning :-

Small Skippers, Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers.

Azure & Common Blue damselflies.
Four-spotted Chasers, a Common Hawker, & Common Darters.


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A couple of hours at Boilton Wood Preston yesterday afternoon brought a nice selection of butterflies.

1 White Letter Hairstreak
5 Comma
1 Peacock
1 Red Admiral
Gatekeeper
Meadow Brown
Large White
Small White
Speckled Wood
3 Ringlet

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Turton Golf Course :-

20+ Small Skippers, 2 Large Skippers, 2 Small Whites, 2 Green-veined Whites, 1 Comma, 10+ Gatekeepers, 30+ Meadow Browns.

3 Brown Hawkers, 2 Common Darters.
A few Large Red & Azure damselflies.

Common Green Grasshoppers.


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Visiting my parents in Devon I had the opportunity and weather to see some great butterflies while out walking. here are highlights by site:

Aish Tor Dartmoor 17.07.16
Small White
3 Gatekeeper
10+ Grayling
1 Small heath
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
2 Large Fritillary that did not land so could not be Identified to species

Hope's Nose, Torquay 18.07.16 while on a very quiet seawatch
2 Gatekeeper
Small White
Green Veined White
Ringlet
1 Common Blue
Meadow Brown
2 Wall
2 Small Skipper
1 Marbled White

Ashclyst Forrest, Exeter 18.07.16
15+ Silver Washed Fritillary (many throughout forest)
2 White Admiral
Meadow Brown
Small White
Large White
Ringlet
Speckled Wood (including some very small examples)




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Moore NR ( Path from Lapwing Lane to Halfway House along the ship canal) 18/07/2016 early evening.

Canalside Heath

5 Small Skipper, 4 Gatekeeper plus numerous Meadow Brown butterflies. Six Spotted Burnet Moths abundant, 1 Brown Hawker dragonfly (Only dragonfly seen throughout walk)

1 large Violet Ground Beetle on a flower head.

Scrub along North bank of canal, 2 dark Longhorn Beetles(Grammoptera ruficornis?) mating on o Hogweed stem, numerous Gatekeeper butterflies and 1 Comma butterfly.

Clegs abundant, especially around Upper Moss Side, but a couple of Horseflies had patterned wings and looked like "Relictus", specimens now deceased hmm

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St Kilda and Outer Hebrides

Common Seal, Grey Seal
Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Minke Whale, Basking Shark, Risso's Dolphin
Common Blue & Meadow Brown Butterflies and Small Magpie Moth

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Martin Mere WWT

1 Comma plus several Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on Buddleia bushes.

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At Newchurch Common a new butterfly for the year, Gatekeeper, with lots now on the wing. 8 butterfly species in all, including Comma, Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown. Lots of Cinnabar moth caterpillars and one adult moth. A Silver-Y moth too, nice to see as it is a migrant (seen in massive numbers on the European Championship Final in Paris the other night, including one on Ronaldo's face!). Black Darter and Brown Hawker dragonflies were seen with the 4 common damselflies (previously mentioned) on this site. Finally a Common Lizard was seen on the mossland area.

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Little Budworth Country Park 09.30-13.30

Waited until the rain eased before walking round all of the park, focusing mainly on the heaths.

On the heaths, after they'd dried out a bit.

1 Common Lizard, 1 Scorpion Fly and 2 Meadow Brown butterflies.

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Late Entry 7th July 2016, early evening.

2 July Highflyer moths, 1 on Haydn and 1 by the mound on Newmanns, I had trouble with the ID of these, but a slightly blurred image on my phone matches perfectly with an image

on the "UK Moths" website. I found another small moth though, similar to a Small Heath butterfly, brown patterned underwing, which rested with wings closed just like a butterfly.

It appeared to have a preference for brambles, and was on the mound. I'm still working on the ID of this one, hence the late posting.

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A wetter visit to Newchuch Common today with a fine, mizzly rain falling just about all the time I was there, not insect or reptile weather. But it was amphibian weather! The exact location must be confidential as they are a protected species but, on turning over a log, I found a female Great Crested Newt. Great to know that this species is present smile A picture is attached to help if anyone finds a newt they wish to ID, the yellow along the base of the tail & a depression along its back ID it as female (the males lack a crest in non-breeding apparel so this can't be used to sex them!).



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Went onto Newchurch yesterday accompanied by invert mega-expert Paul Hill. We had a good scout round & racked up dozens of species that are too obscure to list here. Ones that I will mention are another Four-dotted Footman Moth, Paul tells me the previous find was probably only the 5th reported ever in Cheshire, so this was the 6th wink I also found a Bog Bush Cricket, again very rare in Cheshire and has a National Status of Notable B (whatever that means wink ). A single Black Darter dragonfly was seen as well as 3 newly emerged Common Darters. Butterflies included, Comma, Large & Small Skippers, Large White, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. A couple of Common Lizards were seen including a pregnant female.



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Again at Newchurch Common 2 Common Lizards were seen basking on logs. A huge number of Peacock caterpillars were still on nettles near Sandiway Big Pool and lots of Alder Leaf Beetle larvae were on an alder (what else!!) near Small Pool. Two, possibly three, Ringlets were in the same area as yesterday and three Small Skippers were seen. My first Green-veined White for a while was seen as well as Small White, Meadow Brown & Speckled Wood butterflies. A single Brown Hawker dragonfly was also noted.



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Down Newchurch Common in the sunshine today. Great day with a new dragonfly for patch - 2 female Black Hawkers seen. Also 2 new butterflies, 2 Small Skippers and 3 Ringlets (picture below).

Also a three reptile day with 3 Common Lizards, a Grass Snake and a Red-eared Terrapin, as well as two amphibians, Common Frog & Common Toad.

Other insects included Common Carder Bee, Violet Ground Beetle, the hoverfly Xylota segnis, and a Grass Veneer moth species.



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Beryl Wood, Burtonwood

1 Common Wave moth.

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