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RE: Rixton (other wildlife)


Quick hour mooch around Rixtn Clay Pits LNR primarily for butterflies and dragon/damselflies.

5-6 Purple Hairstreaks seen flitting around the canopy of a patch of oak trees but only distant views through binoculars. Im on a roll with this species. Having not seeing them for about 10 years (also at the Clay Pits) I found some yesterday in Dunham. Maybe the warm weather has helped combined with me getting my eye in!
Also seen:
Comma
Small Skipper
Meadow Brown
Large White
Gatekeeper
Common Blue - just 1 female. It seems a very poor year for this species. Seen very few this year.

Moths:
6 Spot Burnet
Silver Y

Dragonflies and Damselflies:
Broad-bodied Chaser
Brown Hawker
Emerald Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly

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Saw an interesting moth on the claypits today but couldn't identify it.looked on the internet and the closest I could find to it was yellow underwing.roughly the same size as a cinnabar moth big bodied with a yellow patch at the base of the wings.the rest of the wings were dark/black with a prominent yellow eye/spot on the forewings.if anybody could help with this that would be great as I am stumped!
Cheers Chris.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 15th of September 2012 08:36:49 PM

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