Monday, 26 July 2010

A very easy moth count

A typical Saturday saw me at Tophill Low NR once again. Plenty of moth traps - just a lack of moths due to temperatures plummeting to an overnight low of 5C.

The best of the moths in the boxes was a single Coxcomb Prominent, an Early Thorn and the first Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing of the season.

The lepidoptera was better away from the traps with Broad-bodied Yellow Undering (first of the year) and Dingy Footman among the species encountered 'in the field'.

Three Hummingbird Hawkmoths showed rather well, this the best of the pictures.

Still no incredible numbers of butterflies on the wing but a couple of Painted Lady brightened up proceedings.

While this was one of the 3+ Brown Argus found across the site.

A Green Sandpiper was at Watton Nature Reserve, 2 Marsh Harriers flew south and 2 Buzzards lingered around most of the afternoon. The highlight was 2 Whimbrels south early afternoon and early evening.

A few more Hawkers one the wing this week. A total of 13 Southern Hawkers were encountered, our first Migrant Hawkers of the year and a rather impressive total of 24 Emerald Damselfies, though that is way sort of the three figures of a couple of years ago. Highlight of the day was this Four-spotted Chaser of the form praenubila which posed rather well.

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