31.5.15.

Rainy Last Day of May!

With the persistent rain this morning, decided to just check out The Wardens Office for Moths!

Glad I did check, It turned up another new moth. This is my 1st ever Red-Green Carpet. Just wished it would have been lower down the wall…

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There were also 3 Pale Tussock’s. 2 males and 1 female…

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My 4th Green Carpet this year…

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Bee Moth…

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Also on the Wardens wall, is what I believe is a Dolerus nitens….

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30.5.15.

Part 2…

This is the wildlife I found while searching HC for flowering plants.

I saw this Large Red Damselfly on the bench at the Island Pool. Knowing I could use the bench for support, I tried some real close ups…

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Also at the Island Pool I saw 2 Common Blue Damselflies. I knew the other day, that those empty Larval cases were from something smaller than the Large Red Damselflies. These are the first of the year that I’ve seen…

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This is a new Click Beetle (Ctenicera cuprea) species on me. I also know that this is the male…

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On Goldie Heath I found this Red-necked Footman (moth) freshly emerged. Its wings havn’t even opened properly yet…

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Tenthredo, loads of these on the trees near Brants Hill…

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Cicadellidae (Nymph)…

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Flame Shoulder…

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Male and Female Common Blue. My first photos on HC this year I do believe…

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This next moth larva, I must admit I have never heard of it. So I need to look it up. Its called a Timothy Tortrix (Aphelia paleana)…

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Blue Shieldbug. I seem to be finding a few of these this year…

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Ecteminius…

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30.5.15.

Lovely Saturday Morning!

Going to split Saturday into 2 posts. For the 1st post I decided to photograph as many flowering plants as I could find. 45 Species in Total. The 2nd post will be the rest of the Wildlife I found, while searching HC for flowers.

Part 1…

With flowers and plants, I’m not the best. So please forgive me if I have got any wrong. Not going to say much, other than the name I know, or the name I found using Google/iSpot…

Broom…

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Hedgerow Cranesbill…

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Buttercup…

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Large Daisy/Chrysanthemum…

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Wild Poppy…

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Yellow Rattle…

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Common Vetch…

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Russian Comfrey…

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Ground Ivy…

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Heath Bedstraw…

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Dandelion…

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White Dead Nettle…

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Forget-me-not…

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Bellis perennis/Daisy…

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White Campion…

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Gorse…

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Umbellifer…

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Aquilegia…

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Hawthorn…

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Rock Cranesbill…

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Red Campion…

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Unidentified…

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Hedge Mustard…

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Bluebell…

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Bilberry. I always used to think the flower (below) was the start of the berry itself…

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Pine…

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Common Sorrel…

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Tormentil…

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Cross Leaved Heather…

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Foxglove…

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Yellow Flag Iris…

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Rowen…

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Honeysuckle…

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Holly…

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Bramble…

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Trailing St. John’s Wort…

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Wood Avens…

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White Clover…

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Red Clover…

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Fox and Cubs…

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Greater Stitchwort…

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Mustard Garlic…

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Red Dead Nettle…

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Thistle…

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Horse Chestnut…

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29.5.15.

With the rain this morning, I didn’t spend long over HC. So only a small post.

Only one moth at the Wardens office. This beautiful Brimstone Moth…

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If I check under this Dock Leaf in the next few days, I bet I will see about 50 Green Dock Leaf Beetle eggs. The females abdomen is swollen with eggs…

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Scorpion Fly…

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Tachinid Fly (Tachina fera)…

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Loads of Cow Parsley is now in flower…

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Update!!!

Just a quick update on some of the invertebrates identifications…

This spider belongs to the Philodromus genus…

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The moth is a Scoparia ambigualis…

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These larvae are Willow Sawfly Larvae…

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This is a Common Awl Robberfly…

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28.5.15.

I do wish the weather would settle down. Its hard to know how to dress. Although it started sunny, I had to take shelter a couple of times today from the rain.

4 Moths at the Wardens Office:-

My best photo of a Bee Moth to date…

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This is another new moth for my list. Its the very small Least Black Arches (10mm in Length)…

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Having trouble finding/getting identification of this moth. Second time I’ve photographed one like this…

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Brown Silver-line…

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Also on the Wardens Office wall was this unidentified Sawfly…

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Checked the Island Pool out today. After seeing plenty of empty Large Red Damselfly larval cases. This one seemed a lot smaller. So I might keep my eyes open the next few days for another species…

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Dock Bug in the dappled early morning light…

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Lacewing…

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14 Spot Ladybird…

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This Green Hairstreak was quite helpful, turning round so I could take both its sides. It was also my first I have ever found on Brants Hill. I’ve had a few discussions lately about where is best to find Green Hairstreaks. With Broom and Bilberry being top of the list, by most people I talk to. Which is strange for Brants Hill, neither plant are located there. But there is some flowering Bramble near by…

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Large Red Damselfly…

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This is new Invertebrate for me. Its called a Fine Streaked Bugkin (Nymph). The adult looks an impressive creature…

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Yet another Unidentified Spider on the Heather…

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This is the 2nd Attelabus nitens I have found…

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I found an early Instar of a Drinker Larva. Not seen one at this stage before…

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The 1st Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) I’ve seen this year. I do believe this is related to the Longhorn Beetles…

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Fox and Cubs, with the bottom photo having a Female Thick-legged Flower Beetle on it…

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Small Heath…

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I’ve been birding now for years. But I’ve never witnessed a Great Spotted Woodpecker collecting what looks like Rowen flower stamens. These are not great photos, due to the bird rocking/bouncing around so much, with it being so heavy for the end of the branch…

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This is more of the normal view of a Great Spotted Woodpecker…

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Tree Pipit…

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This could be exciting!!! I’ve been told by a couple of people that this next Micro Moth is Nationally Scarce. But I will check this information out. This Micro Moth is called a Dark Roller (Ancylis upupana)…

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