3.5.15.

What are our weather forecasters like? Supposed to rain most of the day! Turned out to be a quite sunny day, and pretty warm too.

The first thing I found today was this Large Red Damselfly Larva. It must have only climbed out the water early this morning. With it moving its legs and being able to see its yellow eyes, I knew a Damselfly had not emerged yet- (1st Photo). 2 hours later I decided to take another look, with Alan another photographer I know on HC. When we got there it must have only just totally emerged, and was drying out by the empty larva case. If you look closely you can now see the ghostly appearance of the eyes, and no yellow, like earlier in the morning- (2nd Photo). The 3rd photo is of another Large Red Damselfly which had obviously emerged a bit earlier, but it was near the other one…

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Green Dock Beetle…

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Loads of Slugs everywhere today, after the heavy overnight rain. Including this Brown Slug and Tree Slug…

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The Jays where out in force up the Heathland Corridor…

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I saw 2 Grey Birch moths today, I would guess they had been forced down from the canopy, with the overnight rain…

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Brants Hill turned quite a bit of wildlife up today. Firstly got to see this Unidentified Moth (Only Unidentified, because I need to find the name, when I took it 2 years ago)…

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The 2 Oak Trees on Brants Hill were covered of Green Longhorn Moths (Adela reaumurella). I actually tried to estimate how many there were on both trees, but with loads of them flying round and round. I would say at least 100 on each tree. 1st photo is the female with its short antennae. 2nd photo is the male with obviously way longer antennae. 3rd photo, a typical view of a flying male near oak leaves…

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On the above Oak, was this large beautiful Red Oak Gall…

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Also on the same Oak Tree was this Apoderus coryli, this is only the second time I have found one of these tiny red beetles..

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Took another Green Tiger Beetle on the compressed wet sand on Brants Hill. I noticed it seemed to be breaking the sand up with its back legs. Not sure why??? Also although I have taken a few of these now, never noticed the beautiful shiny pink/orange outline, all round its wing shell…

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Also found 2 Cucumber Spiders (Aranniella), one small on its web, and one a bit larger trying to hide in the moss…

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Song Thrush down Hazel Alley…

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I did manage a slightly better photo of the Nomada Bee…Nomada Ruficornis…

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On the Bilberry by the Island Pool was this Yellow Tail Moth Caterpillar…

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Another moth caterpillar I found was this Lesser Yellow Underwing Caterpillar…

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Plenty of Gorse Shieldbugs on the Gorse, enjoying the sun that our weathermen said nothing about for today…

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Lastly another new bird to the Highgate Common Year List. This time about 8 Swifts fly over. Doing lists for many years, the Swift I had listed many times on the 1st of May. So they were 2 days late this year. Takes my total up to 62…

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