Monday, 19 July 2010

Silkys herald the start of Wainscot season

Another warm night ensured a busy morning was in prospect at Tophill Low NR on Saturday.

The usual five traps were set, though two moved to the centre of the site to see if any of the more unusual Wainscots recorded in the past are still present.

As expected the season kicked off with 3 Silky Wainscot.

The first Fen Wainscots of the season were trapped as well as the numerous Smoky Wainscot and the odd Common Wainscot. Hopefully, more brown reedbed moths to look forward too.

This Orange Footman (above) was the best of the catch and another addition to the sites Lepidoptera list.

The best of the rest included a Ghost Moth, a Herald, several Scalloped Oak and a couple of Early Thorn.

And some of the pictures...

Garden Tiger

The Engrailed

Clouded Silver

Peppered Moth

Light Emerald

Ghost Moth

White Satin

One of the Scalloped Oak

And a Poplar Grey

Again no impressive numbers of butterflies, though perhaps Commas would have reached double figures had they been counted. This Red Admiral the best of the pictures.

The bird front saw the list start and finish at Common Sandpiper on the passage migrant front, and only 4 Ruptela maculata - Black and Yellow Longhorn beetle were seen.

A few dragonflies about despite the less than favourable conditions of wind and heavy showers. A single Emerald Damselfly was noteworthy. The rest being 3 Brown Hawker, 3 Southern Hawker, 4 Four-spotted Chaser, 5 Black-tailed Skimmer, 7 Common Darter and 77 Ruddy Darter.

Southern Hawker

Ruddy Darter

Black-tailed Skimmer

An aged Four-spotted Chaser

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