Sunday, July 02, 2006


Well the weather bucked the trend of fine midweeks and miserable weekends with a blistering couple of days and appreciated it was. Moths are continuing to be drawn into the garden with our lovely MV lamp! Another hatful this weekend and more ticks for the list!

Pine hawkmoth 1
Eyed Hawkmoth 1
Privet Hawkmoth 1
Elephant Hawkmoth* 2
Dot Moth* 2
Bufftip 1
Flame 8
Flame Soulder 9
Brimstone Moth 3
Rustic 3
Poplar Grey 1
Clouded Border* 1
Riband Wave 1
Clay* 1
Buff Ermine 3
C. Wainscote 6
Brown Rustic 1
Plain Golden Y 1
Light Emerald 1
Swallow tailed Moth *1
Uncertain 9
Dark Arches 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Brown eye White line 2
Mottled Beauty* 2
Ingrailed Clay* 2 100th macro moth for the garden this year.
Common Footman 1
Pale Prominent 1
Heart &Dart 2
White Ermine 1
Scorched Wing1
Marbled Minor 1
Double Square Spot* 5
Strawdot* 4
Heart& Club* 1
Figure of Eighty* 1
Smoky Wainscote* 1 (I think!)
106 GYL

Pine Hawkmoth probably the plainest of the Hawkmoths ...

Elephant Hawkmoth... not the plainest of hawkmoths!

Its pink, but there is one thats pinker!

Figure of Eighty... now I wonder where it got that name from?!

Swallow-tailed Moth

With today becoming increasingly warm I thought I'ld go on a Odonata hunt (Dragonflies!). Aylmerton pond provided the usual Azure and Blue tailed Damselflies, but moving a little further afield I found an excellent pond that alas appears to be on private land. No matter the scope did its work and I was able to id Emperor Dragonfly, Black tailed Skimmer, Broad bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, at least 2 Red eyed Damselflies and a whispy Banded Demoiselle.

Female Emperor Dragonfly

Red eyed Damselfly

Banded Demoiselle

Also at this site were a pair of Hobby, singing Turtle Dove and a female Mandrin Duck. I am definately going to see if I can get some official access to this wonderful little spot.

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