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Post Info TOPIC: Dunham area (other wildlife)


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RE: Dunham area (other wildlife)


Nice walk in Dunham Massey on Weds, saw a hornet flying across the path right at back of deer park towards the wall that separates the park from farmland. Couldn't see if it was carrying any food so don't know if it was coming or going to/from nest.

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It appears my identification of the solitary wasp was incorrect and actually not a wasp at all but a type of Sphecodes bee species! Often called Blood Bees according to Wikipedia. Many thanks to Andy Bisset for educating me !

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Walk from Bridgewater Canal bridge along R. Bollin to A56 and back:

Butterflies:
Highlight for me was finding a number of Purple Hairstreak Butterflies in oak trees on the edge of the park wall. Its years since Ive seen this species!
Meadow Brown - lots
Gatekeeper
Comma
Red Admiral
Small Tortoishell

Dragons & Damsels:
Large numbers of Banded Demoiselles- fantastic to see
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
3 Black-tailed Skimmer- on canal

Other insects:
1 Hornet
A small colony of a solitary wasps which, after a bit of research, I think Ive identified as Astata boops. But open to more expert opinion.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 2nd of July 2018 10:12:57 PM

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At least 2 male migrant  hawkers this pm on the bollin plus male common darter and an overmature female 



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river bollin yesterday(18th) at 1500 hours

black tailed skimmer

abundant banded demoiselle 

common blue damselfly

small copper butterfly

common green grasshopper and possible field grasshopper

picture of a female banded demoiselle 



-- Edited by Chris Shaw on Wednesday 19th of July 2017 10:52:48 AM



-- Edited by Chris Shaw on Wednesday 19th of July 2017 10:58:20 AM

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River bollin near the oxbows last week.

emerald, blue tailed and common blue damselfly

banded demoiselle

common green grasshopper

southern hawker near the obelisk



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Phyllobrotica quadrimaculata Skullcap Leaf Beetle

Red-eyed Damselfly



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A very sad sight this morning at 8.15am of a freshly dead Badger lying in the middle of the road in Dunham Woodhouses no

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