4.5.15.

Sunny most of my visit to Highgate Common, and with temperatures above 10ºC I was quite hopeful for some new invertebrates appearing.

I was very surprised not to find any moths on The Wardens Office walls this morning. But I did see loads of Common Heath Moths on the heather. Usually they are very hard to photograph, with them flying off as soon as you get close. But this male was quite obliging…

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Also in the heather was this Oak Eggar Caterpillar. This is a new species to my list. But I would love to see the beautiful Adult Moth. Hopefully one will fly the 100 yards or so, to the Wardens Office Wall…

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Got really close to a male Pheasant. Note the shock on its face, when he spotted me (2nd photo)…

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Good numbers of Butterflies about:-

Orange Tip…

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Green-veined White…

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Small Tortoiseshell…

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The Dock Leaves are coming to life now. It must be a bit of an aphrodisiac, judging by this morning:-

Green Dock Leaf Beetle…

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Dock Bug…

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First time I’ve found a Green Tiger Beetle off a path…

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I’ve seen this Hoverfly a few times but never managed a photo, till today. Its called…Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum)…

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Goldfinch…

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Male Linnet…

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Over the years, I’ve had loads of things land on me. But this is the first time I’ve had a Large Red Damselfly land on me. You could tell it had only just emerged by the slow poor flight. I only held my finger out in hope it would land. So I was shocked when it did. Nice to have a real close look though…

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