Monday, 6 June 2016

Carlton Marsh

Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Willow Tit were on show today, but the main focus was invertebrates and wild flowers.
The highlight of today was a Eyed Hawk Moth resting on a buttercup stem in the full glare of the sun, most unusual. It had probably just emerged as it was in pristine condition. It looks like a good year for them as I caught one in my garden trap a couple of nights ago. (see below)

The one today was only the 3rd record, the previous two in 1988 and 2008.

Butterflies included 2 Dingy Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 2 Small Heath, Peacock, 2 Small Copper and a male Orange-tip.
It was perfect weather for dragonflies; 2 female and 1 male Broad-bodied Chaser were flying with Four Spot Chaser, Banded Demoiselle, Azure and Blue-tailed damsel.

Chris Parkin sent in the following sightings
Rabbit Ings
Painted Lady 3, Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Small Heath 42, Small Copper 2 and White Pinion Spotted moth.

Monk Bretton tip
Painted Lady 2, Brown Argus and 10 Mother Shipton Moths.

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