Sunday, 13 June 2010

Trapped at Tophill

Another moth weekend at Tophill Low with 5 traps set on Friday evening ensuring Saturday morning was going to be rather busy.

The best of the catch included 1 Map-winged Swift, 1 Lime Speck Pug, several Peppered Moth, several Mottled Pug, 1 Scorched Wing, some very green Green Carpet, several Eyed Hawkmoth, Swallow Prominents, Coxcomb Prominent, Dusky Brocade, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and some Small Fan-foots.

Lime Speck Pug

Scorched Wing

Green Carpet

Coxcomb Prominent

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

The best of the dragonflies involved a single Large Red Damselfly, a single Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser and 17 Four-spotted Chaser, plus the numerous Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Red-eyed Damselfly

The iffy weather conditions didn't enable any good numbers of butterfly to be seen with a few Meadow Browns and some Large Skippers the only real interest.

In the sheltered spots, plenty of hoverflies could be found including good numbers of Volucella pellucens.

Another good count of Agapanthia villosoviridescens broke the sites hightest day count once again this weekend, with 41 being recorded across the site. I guess this now makes it rather common so these may be the last pictures of this terrific beast I post for a while.

This amazing Ichneumon, which we think is Rhyssa persuasoria was shown to us by Richard the warden.

And finally, posing well was one of Tophill's slightly larger residents!!!

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